The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
May 9 through August 14, 2013
1000 5th Ave New York, NY 10028, United States
+1 212-535-7710
http://www.metmuseum.org

The Met's spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, examines punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today and features approximately one hundred designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the mid-1970s are juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs.

Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of 'do-it-yourself' and the couture concept of 'made-to-measure,' the exhibition is organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Themes include New York and London, which tell punk's origin story as a tale of two cities, followed by Clothes for Heroes and four manifestations of the D.I.Y. aesthetic—Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy. Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.