And Next Year’s Costume Institute Exhibition Is….

Drumroll, please! The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced that they will stage “Punk: Chaos to Couture” next May for its big Spring exhibition. Women’s Wear Daily reports that the premise of the show is to highlight the origins of the punk movement and draw direct connections to haute couture and ready-to-wear creations that it has inspired for the past three decades. Pinpointing the origin of punk designs in the early to mid-1970s in both New York and London, the show will trace the influence of punk stylings throughout the decades. The annual Costume Institute Gala will be held on May 6th to inaugurate the exhibition, and will be co-chaired by Rooney Mara, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingo and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

This particular exhibition will differ from the previous two, which featured designer retrospectives of Alexander McQueen and Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. Instead, the 2013 exhibition will include looks from an array of designers, such as Azzedine Alaia, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang and Rodarte. The show’s main sponsor is Moda Operandi, the of-the-moment fashion website co-founded by Santo Domingo.

Chanel does Punk, 2011

Rodarte, 2008

The Ramones, often cited as the first Punk Rock group

The Met Gala

Ah, the Met Gala. Though the seminal, annual event in which the worlds of art and fashion collide occurred last month, I thought it only appropriate that the first post of this blog be dedicated to the festivities.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art first hosted the affair in 1948 (when the Costume Institute was founded), and it has evolved into what is often called “The Fashion Oscars” over the years.  Hosted by Vogue magazine, designers start luring models and actresses months in advance to be their dates at the event and don their most fabulous ensembles on the red carpet.  The fashion world is abuzz weeks before the event as designers announces their dates.  Yet, amidst all the fashion hoopla of who is wearing what and who is accompanying whom, the media often forgets about the real purpose of the event, which is to announce the opening of the exhibit at the Costume Institute: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (exhibit to be reviewed in a later post).  Accordingly, Miuccia Prada was on hand and dressed many lucky attendants.  Below are just a few favorites from the Red Carpet.


Carey Mulligan in Prada


Bee Shafer in Erdem


Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy


Diane Kruger in Prada


Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney