PHOTOS: More Of The Costume Institute’s ‘PUNK’ At The MET, With Toilets

New York is all abuzz with punk as the fashion-fêted prepare for Monday night’s MET Gala in celebration of “PUNK: From Chaos to Couture” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beyoncé will serve as Honorary Chair, in all her Beyoncé glory, alongside Co-Chairs Rooney Mara, Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci, and Anna Wintour.

But first, a look at the actual exhibit: One of the greatest–and grittiest–parts of the exhibition will be replica toilets from legendary punk den CBGB. The exhibit will run from May 9–August 14 and features about 100 original punk styles from designers like Vivienne Westwood (duh), Maison Martin Margiela, and Chanel. Curator Andrew Bolton told WWD of the exhibit:

“Everyone has an idea about punk. I think that’s what is so difficult to negotiate. In a way, we never set out to do a comprehensive history of punk. It was always a very specific, very conceptual take on punk.”

“One of the reasons punks are difficult to define is because it originally started as a feeling, an impulse, so people still respond to it emotionally, even if they didn’t live through it. We wanted to treat the subject matter with reverence, with punk individuals as heroes. Punk radicalized fashion, and introduced postmodernism to it — the collecting, the mixing of references, deconstruction.”

MET-goers can then expect to be greeted by a 16-foot-high LED screen featuring punks moshing to music from “A Clockwork Orange,” Styrofoam moldings and arched display sets or real trash that has been vacuum packed. At the end will be a DYI Destroy gallery, which includes looks by Yohji Yamamoto, Chanel, Viktor & Rolf, and Comme des Garçons. Get inspired with these styles from Moda Operandi.


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