The Costume Institute’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” is the most anticipated fashion exhibition of the year and will provide the theme to this year’s starry Met Ball on Monday night. So the question is what can visitors except to see, and will the exhibition stay true to Punk’s fundamental anti-establishmentarianism?
Johnny Rotten on Screen Behind a Comme Des Garcons creation
WWD managed to get a sneak peek into the show and have gleaned the following:
- The exhibition includes a charming replica of CBGB’s (New York’s most famous punk nightspot) toilets complete with graffiti’ed walls and well used urinals and sinks.
- More than 100 outfits of original punk ensembles and designer outfits inspired by the movement will be on display including looks from Vivienne Westwood, Maison Martin Margiela, Katherine Hamnett & Comme des Garcons.
- The show is curated to show the impact that punk street style had on the catwalks, with original pieces juxtaposed with runway looks. Think Westwood originals sitting beside Galliano couture. Curator Andrew Bolton explains that the exhibition, “sets the scene of chaos to couture, sidewalk to catwalk.”
- London is well represented in the show with another replica, this time of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren’s Kings Road store, Seditionaries.
- DIY and destruction are two of the big themes of the exhibition. In the DIY hall, pieces complete with studding, pin and razor blade hardware are all showcased – including Liz Hurely’s famous safety pin Versace dress.
The exhibition opens next Thursday and will run through to August 14th, so if you are planning a trip to the Big Apple make sure you pop in. If not, don’t fear because we will have all the coverage of the Met Ball to fill your punk cravings! Check back on Tuesday morning to get out edit of all the best dresses!