Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious (left) and a punk-inspired Chanel look in a 2011 issue of VOGUE.
Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Facebook
High fashion and punk rock might seem like they’re from opposite ends of the style universe (after all, just try and picture Anna Wintour with a mohawk…crazy, right?!). But hold on to your biker jacket– because the two are about to collide in what’s guaranteed to be an epic explosion of music and clothing. Ripped tops, safety pins, and black, black, and MORE black are prepping to invade New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art this spring with the new exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” The upcoming show is the latest of the Costume Institute’s amazing eye-boggling exhibitions, hot on the heel’s of this year’s unforgettable “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.” But whereas 2012 was all about the overarching similarities between quirky designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, expect next year to be a liiiittle bit different. And by different, we mean LOUD. Kicking off with the origins of movement and punk’s influence on fashion over the past 30 years, prepare for a whirlwind trip hitting hotspots like London, New York, and spotlighting all the cool kids in between.
After all, we’re talking about the era that brought us The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and The Clash, so what else would you expect!? And according to museum curators, the style factor will naturally be cranked way up. As Andrew Bolton tells WWD, “Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk,” he said. “Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time.”
This influence will be seen in hundreds of men’s and women’s designs on display, starring iconic outfits like Elizabeth Hurley’s safety pin Versace dress (click here for a refresher) to runway originals from Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and dozens more. We might have to wait a few months to see the magic happen in person, that’s okay. The good new is it’s NEVER too early to start blasting “Blitzkrieg Bop,” shredding t-shirts, and making your Met Gala dream dress list.