Punk at the Met

Sid Vicious in 1977, photo by Dennis Morris | A look from Chanel in 2011, photo by David Sims, both from Women's Wear Daily courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art

Just before I went to bed last night, I checked my email and found some big news — Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s next fashion exhibition will be “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

This show will open May 9 and close August 11 and is expected to showcase authentic punk garments with designer ensembles influenced by the punk movement. Based on the interview WWD did with Andrew Bolton, it sounds like he is the head curator of the exhibition.

I am really pumped up about this show. I think the Met could really put together an interesting and layered show about fashion, music, politics, and aesthetics. Of course it is bound to have an over-the-top exhibition design — if indeed this is a Bolton exhibition — but I think it could have the potential to explore nuance in the movement with clever juxtaposition.

I’ll definitely have to find my way to New York next summer.

To learn more, including quotes straight from Bolton, read last night’s breaking news article from WWD.


  1. Bridget says:

    I want to see this soooo bad! I love punk rock music and design

  2. Trillium says:

    Perhaps you should consider timing your visit to coincide when an AT hiker of your acquaintance is in the vicinity next year. 😉

  3. lyn says:

    I’d be all over this!

  4. Ana says:

    Ooh, this is great news!

  5. Trisha says:

    I cannot wait to go see this!

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