Anticipation is high for the red carpet at tonight's Met Gala, but this year's exhibit at the Costume Institute — Punk: Chaos to Couture — has proven to be just as exciting.
On Monday morning, the museum invited journalists for an inside look at the show, which features high-fashion clothing that expresses the spirit of the punk movement, often alongside punk originals designed by people like Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. Gianni Versace's Safety Pin Dress, for example, is a highlight of the exhibit's focus on hardware, while pieces from Rei Kawakubo's Spring 2013 collection for Comme des Garcons are featured in a room dedicated to deconstructed clothing.
The exhibit, which will be open to the public from May 9 to Aug. 14, also features a number of films by photographer Nick Knight, as well as re-creations of Westwood and McLaren's shop at 430 Kings Road in London, and the bathroom of New York's iconic music venue CBGB as it appeared in 1975.
A look at the exhibit, here in the gallery.
And be sure to catch the Met Gala red carpet tonight, streaming live on Vogue.com starting at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT.
Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art