Get ready to (politely) rock the casbah: the Metropolitan Museum of Art is going Sid and Nancy for its 2013 Costume Institute Exhibit.
"Punk: Chaos to Couture," the museum's big spring exhibition, will "highlight the origins of the punk movement and draw direct connections to haute couture and ready-to-wear creations that it has inspired for the past three decades," Women's Wear Daily reports.
Instead of focusing on one designer's retrospective like 2011's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibit or 2012's "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" show, then, this year's exhibit will include looks from Azzedine Alaia, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang and Rodarte. With funding from both Moda Operandi and Conde Nast, the show will pinpoint the origin of punk designs in the early to mid-1970s in both New York and London and trace the influence of punk stylings throughout the decades. (If Elizabeth Hurley's famous Versace safety-pin dress from 1994 doesn't make it in, we're quitting fashion forever.)
But the Met's punk exhibit will have some big Doc Martens to fill. In 2011, the Institute's McQueen exhibit shattered records, attracting over 650,000 visitors and netting 23,000 more memberships for the museum. While last year's Prada-Schiaparelli exhibit didn't fare quite as well, the costume institute has hosted popular exhibits on superheros, Jackie Kennedy and Coco Chanel in recent years.
"Punk: From Chaos to Couture" will kick off with the annual Met Gala on May 6, hosted by Rooney Mara and Riccardo Tisci, and the exhibit will be on public display from May 9 to August 11, 2013. We hear Miley Cyrus is already waiting in line.
Take a look at the stunning guests from 2012's "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" opening gala!