Rooney Mara and Riccardo Tisci to Host Gala for Met's New Punk-Themed Costume Institute Exhibit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has chosen the last day of fashion week to reveal one of next year's biggest fashion events: The Costume Institute's annual spring exhibition.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has chosen the last day of fashion week to reveal one of next year's biggest fashion events: The Costume Institute's annual spring exhibition.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has chosen the last day of fashion week to reveal one of next year's biggest fashion events: The Costume Institute's annual spring exhibition. And this year, rather than focus on one or two specific designers, they're focusing on the punk movement. Since, you know, attending formal galas, buying expensive tickets and waiting in line are all very "punk" things to do.

No, but we're actually so excited for this. The show, which will be on view from May 9 to August 11, will trace punk's--in both New York and London--influence on high fashion and couture. Plus, lots of cool, rebellious people will be involved, like Rooney Mara and Nick Knight (the exhibition's creative consultant). Also interesting: a lot of it's being paid for by a tech startup. According to a release, Moda Operandi, who recently raised $36 million in funding, will underwrite the show.

“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”

The exhibit will juxtapose original punk looks with about 100 men's and women's designs that were seemingly inspired by them. Safety pins, razor blades and studs will abound. Music videos and soundscaping audio techniques will help create a multisensory experience within the exhibition.

Themed galleries will include “Rebel Heroes,” “The Couturiers Situationists” (focusing on punk’s godparents McLaren and Westwood); “Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance,” “Punk Couture;” “DIY Style” and “La Mode Destroy.”

McQueen will return to the Met for this one, along with Azzedine Alaïa, Christopher Bailey, Ann Demeulemeester, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, the Mulleavys, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Rei Kawakubo, Vivenne Westwood (of course), Riccardo Tisci (what are those absurd nose rings from fall if not punk?) and many more. In fact, Tisci, along with frequent client Rooney Mara, Lauren Santo Domingo and Anna Wintour, will co-chair the annual Costume Institute benefit gala on May 6, which we're sure will inspire some pretty amazing looks, and hopefully some rowdy behavior. Good thing short hair and pixie cuts are still in!

Here's a complete list of the designers participating in the exhibition:

Haider Ackermann, Miguel Adrover, Azzedine Alaïa, Christopher Bailey (Burberry), Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby (Boudicca), Thom Browne, Hussein Chalayan, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Christophe Decarnin (Balmain), Ann Demeulemeester, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce and Gabbana), Shelley Fox, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga), Andrew Groves, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (Viktor & Rolf), Marc Jacobs, Christopher Kane, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Franco Moschino, Thierry Mugler, Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Zandra Rhodes, Russell Sage, Jeremy Scott, Stephen Sprouse, Anna Sui, Jun Takahashi (Undercover), Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi (Preen), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx (A.F. Vandevorst), Gianni Versace, Alexander Wang, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, and Vivienne Westwood.