Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Punk fashion at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition 2013

Themed, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will explores the aesthetic of punk fashion at its upcoming spring exhibition.
Partnering with famed fashion photographer Nick Knight, the immersive multimedia, multisensory show will feature one hundred original punk designs juxtaposed with the high-fashion offspring they inspired. The exhibition, on view from May 9 through August 11, 2013 will feature approximately 100 designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be 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 will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style.
“Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk" said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute." Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time.”
From Versace's iconic safety pin dress which was worn by Liz Hurley to the premiere of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' in 1994 to designs by Vivienne Westwood,Moschino, Chanel and Givenchy, the exhibition will  explore punk's enduring contribution to high fashion.
The exhibition will be hosted by Academy Award nominated actress  Rooney Mara; Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-Founder of Moda Operandi;  Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director of Givenchy; and Anna Wintour,  Editor-in-Chief of Vogue. 
Designers in the exhibition will include Miguel Adrover, Thom Browne, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Christophe Decarnin (Balmain), Dior,  Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce and Gabbana), John Galliano,  Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga), Alexandre Herchcovitch, Viktor  Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (Viktor & Rolf), Marc Jacobs, Christopher  Kane, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel),  Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Moschino, Kate and  Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Miuccia Prada, Gareth Pugh, Zandra Rhodes,  Jeremy Scott, Stephen Sprouse, Jun Takahashi (Undercover), Riccardo  Tisci (Givenchy), Gianni Versace, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, and  Vivienne Westwood.
Here is the first look at some of the iconic pieces.

2011 Chanel collection

Versace's iconic safety pin dress which was worn by Liz Hurley to the premiere of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' in 1994

Moschino dress created of plastic bin bags, spring 1994

A studded Givenchy number designed by current creative director Riccardo Tisci

Art of decosntruction - Dress by  Rei Kawakubo

Rodarte's autumn/winter 2008 collection

Vivienne Westwood dress featuring images of the Union Jack and Queen

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