Met Costume Institute Picks Punk Theme for 2013

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Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols (left), and Vicious with Vivienne Westwood (right).

Elsa and Miuccia have had their day, but next year is the Met's Costume Institute is all about Sid and Nancy.

The New York City institution has selected 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' as the theme for its Spring 2013 exhibition and gala, Women's Wear Daily reports.

Highlighting punk's influence on fashion over the past three decades, the exhibition will kick off with the annual gala on May 6, with Rooney Mara, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, Moda Operandi's Lauren Santo Domingo, and Anna Wintour acting as cochairs.

Can we take a moment to daydream about supermodels and superstars swanning around the steps of Met in safety pins, latex, and ripped gowns? Vivienne Westwood is going to have a field day!

Spanning works from Zandra Rhodes circa 1977 to Gianni Versace's iconic safety pin dress for Elizabeth Hurley, the show will feature some 100 pieces from designers like Alexander Wang, Azzedine Alaia, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs in thematic galleries titled 'Rebel Heroes,' 'The Couturiers Situationists,' 'Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance,' 'Punk Couture,' 'DIY Style,' and 'La Mode Destroy.'

"Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk," Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton says. "Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time. Primarily the biggest legacy is DIY and deconstruction. Punk has had one of the biggest influences on fashion over the last 30 years, and sometimes people wear punk without even realizing it."

Photographer Nick Knight will serve as creative consultant for the show, while Moda Operandi will underwrite the event, which runs from May 9 to August 11.

"History is one of the greatest sources of inspiration in fashion, and we are especially excited for this exhibit because of punk's long-lasting impact upon fashion today," says Santo Domingo.

Time to start perfecting those snarls and working on those Mohawks, folks!