When the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced last fall that the following year’s exhibition at the Costume Institute would be “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” it was exciting because it was a new, different concept. After two consecutive years of designer-centric spectacles (the Alexander McQueen retrospective and the Prada-Schiaparelli exhibition, specifically), I was excited about the theme of the exhibition because it would spotlight a variety of designers at various points throughout their careers.
But the fashion elite, to whom the Met Gala is the equivalent of the Oscars red carpet, did not share in my excitement, because it put them in quite the predicament as to what they would wear. Eric Wilson even published a piece in the New York Times this past week about the predicament attendees found themselves in when trying to find an outfit. “The Costume Institute gala is many things: It is a barometer of the famous and powerful, a critical fund-raiser for the museum, a testament to the muscle of Ms. Wintour… But one important thing that it is not is a costume party,” stated Wilson. The article explained how guests faced a particular “struggle” this year because they had no idea how to dress appropriately (“struggle” being the operative word, because if your biggest problem in life revolves around what to wear to the exclusive gala you paid $25,000 to attend, then things could be a whole lot worse).
But I myself am excited to see the attire this evening, and especially those who take big risks and embrace the punk theme in all its glory. And in the spirit of punk and in honor of this year’s exhibition, I pulled together a collection of punk-inspired fashion and art. Enjoy!
Moda Operandi model (left) wears Tripp NYC Crossed Out Jeans and Balmain Leather Biker Jacket.
M’O model (right) wears Givency Embellished Cotton Jacket with Back Pleats and New York Vintage Black Peacock Mohawk
The accessories (clockwise from top left): Valentino Rockstud Leather Headband, Dr. Martens Graffiti’d by Klughas, Balmain Structured Shoulder Moto Jacket, Courtney Lee Collection Cody Bracelet, Proenza Schouler Lizard-effect Leather Cage Boots
Top Row (from left): Natalia Fabia, Hooker 1, 2011; Eric White, Apocalypse Now, 2012; Mick Rock, Kate Moss with Iggy Tee, 2002
Bottom Row: Bruce Conner, 26 Punk Photos: 11. Roz Speaks: Negative Trend, January 29, 1978, 1985; Brendan Murphy, Joa, 2012; Mick Rock, Lou Reed Transformer Cover, London, 1972