Killer news for gritty Sid Vicious appreciators and louche Givenchy fanatics alike: the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced the subject of next year’s illustrious spring exhibition, and they’re drawing inspiration from some very badly behaved candidates. On the heels of this year’s “Schiaparelli and Prada” exhibit, which drew less-than-desirable numbers, the museum has secured itself a premise that’s guaranteed to be a number one hit. “Punk: Chaos to Couture” will highlight the roots of the punk revolution and the manner in which it diffused into mainstream culture, particularly high fashion.
The show, which will debut on May 6 with the annual benefit gala with none other than Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci and muse Rooney Mara as co-chairs, seeks to delineate “a direct axis” between both the London and New York movements and their resultant impact on fashion then and now. “Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk,” said Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. Well, if the most venerable art museum in the country can pay homage to a counterculture ideology defined mainly by its desire to frighten others, then yes, anything is possible — and I’m not complaining.