Immortality in Fashion: “Punk’s Not Dead”


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then fashion is a never-ending story. This Spring 2013, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will transcend language to literally show the (fashion) world that punk’s not dead.

“Punk: From Chaos to Couture” will kick off with the annual Met Gala on May 6, 2013. Organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and hosted by “it” actress Rooney Mara and acclaimed designer Riccardo Tisci, this exciting A-list exhibit will be on display for the public from May 9 to August 11, 2013.

The exhibition will start its stylish tale with the birth of punk in the early 1970s to its impact on fashion today.  Viewers will move room-to-room through a seven-gallery exhibit highlighting the inspiration drawn from the punk movement in fashion’s evolution throughout the years.

Using over 100 different designs for men and women to truly explore the mixed versatility of punk inspiration in fashion, the exhibition will also feature original punk garments and periodic music videos.  The show will highlight how the blending of punk concepts such as “do-it-yourself” and individual artistic development intertwined, inspired, and enriched the “made to measure” ideology of high couture.

Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute. “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.

Rather than focus on one particular designer, the seven-gallery exhibit will include looks from Azzedine Alaia, Christopher Bailey (Burberry)Ann Demeulemeester, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce and Gabbana), Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Gianni VersaceFranco Moschino and Rossella Jardini (Moschino), Christopher KaneAlexander Wang, and many more punk-inspired designers


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