From chaos to couture: New York"s Met museum to pay tribute to punk in next Costume Institute exhibit

From chaos to couture: New York's Met museum to pay tribute to punk in next Costume Institute exhibit

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13:44 GMT, 13 September 2012

New York's Met museum has revealed that punk will be the theme of its annual Costume Institute exhibit and its much-anticipated gala.

For the past two years the gala, often referred to as the Oscars of the fashion world, has drawn inspiration from a particular designer's retrospective, but next year red carpet attendees will be left to interpret a more general dress code.

The Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit which is set to open in May 2013, seeks to highlight the origins of the punk movement and will include around 100 haute couture and ready-to-wear creations from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Rodarte.

Hair-raising: Punk will be the theme of next year's Met Gala, taking lead from the Met Museum's annual fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute

Hair-raising: Punk will be the theme of next year's Met Gala, taking lead from the Met Museum's annual fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute

Unlike the Met’s 2006 AngloMania:
Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion exhibition, which also
featured elements of punk, the 2013 show will look at the transatlantic origins of the movement from the mid-1970s, joining the dots between the punk scenes of London and New York.

Costume Institute curator Andrew
Bolton told WWD: 'The show will start off primarily with the origins of punk and the tale of two cities.

'Punk
broke all rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible
after punk. Its impact on high fashion became so enormous,
and continues at the same time.'

Photographer Nick Knight, will serve as the
creative consultant creating the gala’s look with event designer Raul Avila.

Oscar de la Renta

Rodarte

Modern-day interpretations: Both Oscar de la Renta (left) and Rodarte drew influence from the Punk scene for their spring / summer 2013 collections

Funded by Moda Operandi and
Conde Nast co-chairs of the Met ball include Rooney Mara, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingo
and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Tickets for the New York staged event are said to sell from $25,000 upwards, while tables are priced at around $150,000.

In 2011 the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit was one of the most successful shows, attracting over 650,000 visitors and netting 23,000 more memberships for the museum.

Past themes include Schiaparelli
and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012), American Women: Fashioning a
National Identity (2010), The Model As Muse (2009) and Superheroes:
Fashion and Fantasy (2008).

Asked what kind of looks he is expecting on the red carpet next year, Mr Bolton added: 'I think we will be seeing dresses with a slight tear or gaps, which is so punk but very subtle.'

Punk: From Chaos to Couture will kick
off with the annual Met Gala on May 6 and will be on public display
from May 9 to August 11, 2013.