All About Punk

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 HeadbandDr. 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 FabiaHooker 1, 2011; Eric White, Apocalypse Now, 2012; Mick Rock, Kate Moss with Iggy Tee, 2002

Bottom Row: Bruce Conner26 Punk Photos: 11. Roz Speaks: Negative Trend, January 29, 1978, 1985; Brendan MurphyJoa, 2012; Mick RockLou Reed Transformer Cover, London, 1972


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