“We wanted to strip everything down further, away from the showbiz theatricality of the glitter bands, and away from bluesiness and boogie. We wanted to be stark and hard and torn up, the way the world was,” Richard Hell writes in his recent raw autobiography, "I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp."

At the Metropolitan Museums of Art's upcoming exhibit, "Punk: Chaos and Couture," Hell is the first of seven "punk heroes" with a gallery showcasing their impact on the fashion world.

Hell rose to cult fame in the late 1970s through his band Richard Hell and the Voidoids. While the group didn't last long, Hell's ripped and safety-pinned clothes have immortalized him as an emblem of New York's seminal underground scene at the time.

punk chaos to couture

Besides the group of seven, the Met's May show will present the work of 100 designers, tracing the original "do-it-yourself" punk looks scoured from dumpsters and junk drawers to contemporary adaptations of studs and feathers currently found on the runway.

In addition to Hell, the goddess of punk, Vivienne Westwood, also has a gallery dedicated to her legacy. "Punk was a call-to-arms for me," the British designer told Vogue in an interview last year.

Scroll through the slideshow below to see punk icons Patti Smith, Sid Vicious and Joe Strummer juxtaposed with their counterparts on the runway.

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  • Patti Smith, late 1970s Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Caroline Coon, Camera Press

  • John Lydon, 1976 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Ray Stevenson/Rex USA

  • Sid Vicious, 1977 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved

  • Joe Strummer, late 1970s Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Pennie Smith

  • Jordan, 1977 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph from Rex USA

  • Gary Wilson, 1977 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Roberta Bayley

  • Hussein Chalayan (British, born Cyprus, 1970), spring/summer 2003 Dazed and Confused, March 2003, Photograph by Eric Nehr

  • Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), spring/summer 2006 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Catwalking

  • Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Vogue, March 2011 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims

  • John Lydon, 1976 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Ray Stevenson/Rex USA

  • John Lydon, 1976 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Richard Young/Rex USA

  • Helmut Lang (Austrian, born 1956), fall/winter 2003–4 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Catwalking

  • Joe Strummer, 1977 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Ray Stevenson/Rex USA

  • Ann Demeulemeester (Belgian, born 1959), spring/summer 2000 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Catwalking

  • Maison Martin Margiela (founded 1988), spring/summer 2011 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Nathalie Sanchez for Maison Martin Margiela

  • Paul Cook, late 1970s Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved

  • Rodarte (American, founded 2005) Vogue, July 2008 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims

  • Junya Watanabe (Japanese, born 1961), fall/winter 2006–7 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Catwalking

  • Gianni Versace (Italian, founded 1978), spring/summer 1994 Vogue Paris, February 1994 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Satoshi Saïkusa

  • Richard Hell, late 1970s Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Kate Simon

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, we listed the band Television as Richard Hell's rise to fame, but his work with the Voidoids is probably more apt.

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