Chaos to Couture: Metropolitan Museum Goes Punk for 2013 Costume Institute Exhibition

Shelve the Schiaparelli pink and return your Prada prints to the storage vault, design fans, and start stocking up on Doc Martens, Manic Panic, and safety pins, because the Met is going punk. As Fashion Week puts the focus on spring 2013, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has seized the opportunity to do the same: announcing today that the Costume Institute’s 2013 exhibition will be “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” On view from May 9 through August 11 of next year, the show will examine punk’s impact from its birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence on high fashion today—think Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, who will co-chair the May 6 Costume Institute benefit along with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, actress Rooney Mara, and Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi (the fashion e-tailer is underwriting the exhibition).

“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton in a statement issued by the museum. “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.” The exhibition’s approximately 100 designs—including studded, spiked, and shredded garments by everyone from Haider Ackermann and Miguel Adrover to Yohji Yamamoto and Vivienne Westwood—will be organized thematically into gallery sections including “Rebel Heroes,” “Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance,” and “D.I.Y. Style.” And we are thrilled to report that Nick Knight will be assisting with exhibition design. The photographer will also work with Raul Avila on the design of the gala benefit.