Punk fashion celebrated at the Met

May 7, 2013 9:32:42 AM PDT
While punk may have been anti-fashion, a new exhibition shows that punk actually has had a huge impact on clothes.

About 100 mannequins dressed the part at the Met's Costume Institute.

There's even a replica of a London boutique that sold such looks. It's a real tribute to the punk movement.

Self-expression has always been important in fashion, and for fashion designers. Zandra Rhodes, for example, remembers creating two dresses in the 70s.

"Really, I'm in my workroom thinking we've done printed dresses," Rhodes said.

It suited her mood then, as did holes and metal chains; staples and safety pins in lieu of thread. Who could forget the couture version of the safety pin dress, worn by Elizabeth Hurley.

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. Themes will include New York and London, which will tell punk's origin story as a tale of two cities.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, May 9 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To learn more, click here to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website.