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For its next Costume Institute exhibit, the Met has decided to tone down the intellectualism and get a little gritty. Women's Wear Daily announced this morning that the next exhibition will be titled Punk: From Chaos to Couture, and that it will focus on how the punk music scene in NYC and London in the '70s has influenced fashion since.
Just a few of the designers that will be included in the show are Azzedine Alaïa, Ann Demeulemeester, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Rei Kawakubo, Rodarte, and more, with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren getting a special spotlight under the gallery "The Couturiers Situationists." Other themes are "Rebel Heroes," "Punk Couture," "DIY Style," and "La Mode Destroy."
Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton kept extremely tight lipped about the upcoming exhibit a few months ago, but today he let the words flow freely. He told WWD, "Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk. Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time." Whether or not this means he's a Sex Pistols fan remains to be seen.
The exhibit will run from May 9th to August 11th this summer, with the Met Ball falling on May 6th. The cochairs of the gala will be Rooney Mara (who's hairstyle probably didn't hurt her chances of getting picked), Riccardo Tisci, and Lauren Santo Domingo. As far as attendees go, WWD isn't sure if the Met will be inviting Johnny Rotten back, due to his "irreverent behavior" at the past AngloMania exhibit.
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