“Punk: Chaos to Couture”


The Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk’s visual symbols.

Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of “do-it-yourself” and the couture concept of “made-to-measure,” the seven galleries will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Themes will include New York and London, which will tell punk’s origin story as a tale of two cities, followed by Clothes for Heroes and four manifestations of the D.I.Y. aesthetic—HardwareBricolageGraffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy.

Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.

Videos from the show

The catalog for the show is on order in the Arts Division.



Read more at the NYT and here .

Books on Punk and Fashion











Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute:Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s  Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, the exhibition features orchestrated conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work. Iconic ensembles will be presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.

On View May 10–August 19, 2012

In celebration of the Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, and for the first time in the event’s history, red carpet arrivals at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renowned Costume Institute Benefit will be live streamed here on Monday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hosted by Vogue‘s William Norwich and Elettra Wiedemann, the broadcast will include interviews with the gala co-chairs, including Carey Mulligan, Miuccia Prada, and Anna Wintour, as well as celebrities from the worlds of fashion, film, society, sports, art, business, and music. The hosts will ask attending celebrities five additional questions chosen from viewer submissions on Twitter (#MetQuestions) during the live stream. You can join the conversation about the exhibition and gala benefit by following the Met on Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more about the exhibition.

On May 10, 2012 you can watch the  stream from the Met.

The book, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations will be purchased by the Art Division but will not be published until June.

These books are available at the library now:

There is not much published on Miuccia Prada but this book will be here soon.