Each year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds the Costume Institute Gala, a glamorous event that draws some of fashion’s most elite to the best-dressed red carpet of the year (seriously, who needs the Oscars red carpet?) The Costume Institute is an annual event that celebrates the opening of the current exhibit housed at The Costume Institute.
In 2010, the Met broke records when they held the Alexander McQueen retrospective exhibit, “Savage Beauty,” which reportedly saw a total of 661,509 visitors and is ranked among one of the Met’s top exhibitions.
And although we were excited in 2011 when it was announced that the Met would be holding a McQueen retrospective, we must admit, we’re almost as equally excited to hear that their next exhibit will concentrate on the fashion history of the Punk Rock movement (uh, hello, Vivienne Westwood) with this year’s exhibit “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.”
With almost everything you see today on the runway and in beauty (black nail polish, anyone?) inspired by punk rock, the late 70s movement was undeniably important in the fashion world as well as in music and pop culture.
The exhibit, which runs from May 9 through August 11, will feature approximately 100 designs for men and women. In recent years, designers have used items such as safety pins, studs and Union Jack emblems, i.e. Christopher Decarnin for Balmain, to recreate a punk look that began in the 1970s. Throughout the exhibit, clothes from the past will be placed alongside today’s punk-inspired pieces for viewers to examine how inspiration can influence the design process.
Designers featured in the exhibition include Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, Stephen Sprouse and many more. Also featured within the display will be a recreation of CBGB, once a popular Bowery venue in Lower Manhattan.
The Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013. Each year, co-chairs for the event vary, and this year’s committee includes Rooney Mara (the perfect choice), Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci, and (of course) Anna Wintour.
Sure to please many, this exhibition will be feature a genre of fashion that is often times looked down upon due to its anti-establishment attitude.
For more information on PUNK: Chaos to Couture click here.