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On Monday, May 6, 2013 the Costume Institute hosted its annual gala event for the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Celebrities made their debut in designer gowns in tribute to punk’s influence on fashion.

Vivienne Westwood, who brought punk style into the mainstream in the 1970’s, is an icon in the world of high fashion.

Both vintage and current designs by Givenchy, Lanvin, Chanel, D&G, Carolina Herrera, and Valentino, were shown off on the red carpet.  The atmosphere and decor fused British and American punk.  The grand staircase at the Met was adorned with the US and UK flags made of flowers. Displays in the exhibit included legendary replicas of the bathrooms at CBGB’s and the Let It Rock store on Kings Road in London.

The evening included performances from punk era artist Debbie Harry and Kanye West.  Punk era slogans used throughout the event were reminiscent of the culture and the anti-establishment attitude of Punk.  Punk continues its influence through artistic and creative forums of expression.

Punk style may have a new face and presence in today’s times however it maintains its outspoken and rebellious values.

This Gala event is considered the biggest fashion event on the east coast. It was a trip back in time and a glimpse into an unwritten future!

Thinking back to your own experiences, did punk influence you?