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Inside the Met's New Exhibit, 'Punk: Chaos to Couture'

Richard Hell meets Chanel in controversial new display
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Chaos to Couture
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Nothing says "punk" like the Metropolitan Museum of Art; this should go without saying. However, the famous New York art hub endeavors to remind us with "Punk: From Chaos to Couture," a new exhibit of the volatile music genre's influence on high fashion. On view from May 9th through August 14th, "Punk" is presented by the Costume Institute, a curatorial department of the Met and a sort of fashion Freemasons (Vogue editor Anna Wintour spearheads their annual gala).

Rolling Stone attended the press preview of the exhibit and appraised the arrangement of approximately 100 safety-pinned, rudely-printed, ripped-to-shreds works of clothing. Was the exhibit a successful conversation between the dirtiest, grimiest movement of the Seventies and haute commercialization, or was it a less-than-gorgeous disarray? Click through to see the key pieces in the collection and how they (maybe) rock the Met.

By Stacey Anderson

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