the CITIZENS of FASHION

“There has been no other counterculture with as much influence on fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute on this rainy Monday morning. Standing in front of a frozen image of the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten, he was referring to the movement inspiring this year’s show, “Punk: Chaos to Couture” (May 9–August 11). Surrounding him were iconic and groundbreaking looks from the likes ofVivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren (their “Tits” and “Two Naked Cowboys” tees, shocking when released in the mid-seventies). Also featured in the preview: Gianni Versace’s safety pin dress, made famous by Elizabeth Hurley; Chanel’s “torn” suit; and a coat with giant gold rocker studs by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, cochair of the show’s opening gala on May 6 with Anna WintourRooney Mara, and Lauren Santo Domingo (Vogue Contributing Editor and cofounder of Moda…

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