The only thing punk about the 8am press preview of the up-coming PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was leaving the house without any breakfast. But then it was hosted by Met trustee and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and we all know early mornings (a.k.a. those 5am tennis ‘n’ blow-dry sessions) are her specialty.
Introduced by Costume Institute Curator, Andrew Bolton, “Chaos to Couture will serve as a sequel to the 2006 Anglomania exhibit,” he explained, “but this time the focus will be on punk as an aesthetic, as opposed to an attitude.” And so the body of the show will look at how designers from Galliano to Rodarte, Ricardo Tisci to Alexander McQueen have appropriated the sartorial signatures of the punk movement over the years - think Moschino’s trash-bag ball gowns, Versace’s infamous safety-pins dress, or Tisci’s outsize studs at Givenchy, circa fall 2007.
But the curators also promise theatre a-plenty to bring the show alive. Punk institutions CBGBs and Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s King’s Road store Seditionaries will be recreated, while photographer Nick Knight will curate an “immersive multimedia experience.” Hair supremo Guido Paulo is even coiffing the manequins. Chaos meets couture, for sure.
PUNK: Chaos to Couture, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 9 - August 11, 2013. www.metmuseum.org
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