punk: chaos to couture
Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York will be hosting its next exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture from May 9th - August 11th 2013, following the successful Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibition this past summer. Featuring Nick Knight as creative consultant, alongside Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and actress Rooney Mara as co-chairs of the accompanying Costume Institute benefit gala, the exhibition will explore the relationship between punk and fashion. The gala marks the Institute's main source of funding for exhibitions and acquisitions, and will take place on May 6th 2013.

Documenting punk's rebellious and aggressive nature, with archive pieces alongside contemporary designs, ready-to-wear and couture looks on display will share the same uncompromising vision. With over five different themed galleries, including The Couturiers Situationists, which will focus specifically on punk-fashion revolutionists Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, Rebel Heroes, Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance, Punk and Couture, DIY Style and La Mode Destroy. Over 40 different designers will be featured., including Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander Wang, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Helmut Lang, Thom Browne and Ann Demeulemeester.

The Costume Institute permanently houses over 35,000 costumes, with the Institute's annual spring exhibition the past home of Alexander McQueen's restrospective, Savage Beauty, in 2011 and American Women: Fashioning a National Identity, a look back at the archetypes of American femininity through dress, in 2010.