OPENING: PUNK – CHAOS TO COUTURE AT THE MET

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In what’s undoubtedly the most controversial fashion retrospective to ever hit The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Punk: Chaos to Couture — which kicks off tonight with the Met Ball, and opens to the public on Thursday, May 9th — will definitely be a big draw for tourists and New Yorkers alike this summer. From Gianni Versace’s iconic safety-pin dress (worn famously by Elizabeth Hurley), and Riccardo Tisci’s giant-studded jackets from 2007 Givenchy (Tisci helped curate the exhibit, and will host tonight’s opening gala), to plenty of Vivienne Westwood and Comme des Garcons, Chaos will chronicle the appropriation of the highly visual subculture of mid-1970s London, New York, and Los Angeles as it moved from the streets to runway collections and the pages of fashion magazines. While some have cried sacrilege when it comes to this exhibit, as a subculture that broke all the rules, and is still extremely influential to the current zeitgeist, maybe bringing punk to a fine arts establishment is the most punk rock move of all. Much like featured Chaos designer Maison Martin Margiela’s collaboration with retail giant H&M last year, punk’s inclusion at The Met doesn’t mean it’s gone soft, only that it’s now starting fires from the inside.

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