PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition opens tomorrow May 9, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The exhibit explores the impact Punk music and attitude have had on fashion, and its continuing influence today. Special focus on the 70s punk rock scene of London and New York’s CBGB’s.

Iconic punk garments from the mid70s are juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols. “Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute. “…designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”

Do-it-yourself, punk’s enduring contribution to high fashion, is explored in four galleries: D.I.Y. Hardware, focusing on couture’s use of studs, spikes, chains, zippers, padlocks, safety pins, and razor blades, with Sid Vicious as its icon. D.I.Y. Bricolage feature designs made with recycled materials from trash and consumer culture, highlighting the customization influence. D.I.Y. Graffiti and Agitprop explores punk’s provocation and confrontation through images and text. D.I.Y. Destroy examines the effect of punk’s rip-it-to-shreds spirit, typified by Johnny Rotten, via torn, ripped, slashed, and shredded garments associated with deconstructionism.

Designers represented, to name a few, are Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Rodarte, Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela.

Exhibition dates: May 9 - Aug 14, 2013.

photos: Michele K. from press preview May6. *2 gallery pix courtesy MetMuseum: DIY Hardware & Graffiti