NEW YORK: The Met Goes Punk

Tonight the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will be hosting a gala to celebrate the long-awaited opening of “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” an homage to the close relationship between fashion and punk style. Hosted by none other than Anna Wintour, with help from actress Rooney Mara, designer Ricardo Tisci, and Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi, this is one party worth trying to crash. If you’re not quite punk enough for that, after the champagne glasses have been cleared away, this energizing exhibit will open to the public come Thursday. On display are 100 punk-inspired outfits designed by luminaries such as Chanel, Viktor & Rolf, Yohji Yamamoto, Versace, Comme des Garçons, and of course, the British queen of punk fashion, Vivienne Westwood. Visitors will also be treated to stunningly accurate recreations of some of punk’s most famous stomping grounds: the notoriously grimy bathroom of  NYC club CBGB’s and Seditionaries, the influential store owned by Westwood and rock impresario Malcolm McLaren. With the lines between fashion and punk blurring more every year, come see how it all began. —Ashley Churchill

Replica of the bathroom at CBGB’s

Johnny Rotten & Comme des Garçons

Stephen Sprouse

Maison Martin Margiela

Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Chanel


Vivienne Westwood

Punk: Chaos to Couture

May 9-August 14th, 2013

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

1 212 535 7710, Closed Mondays
Photos Courtesy of Thomas Iannaccone for WWD


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