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Anarchy at The Met: 'Punk' Makes Its Debut
It is an 80-block walk, give or take, from 315 Bowery, that long-ago home of CBGB and New York punk’s spiritual stomping grounds, to the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But attendees at the Costume Institute gala at the Met, which this year celebrated “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” did their best to bring the spirit of ’77 with them to the Upper East Side, where some wore it on their sleeves and others in mind-set.
Among those on hand were honorary chair Beyoncé, as well as cochairs Rooney Mara, Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi and Anna Wintour. Asked if he expected any punk behavior from the guests, Tisci played the anxious host early in the evening.
“I hope not,” the Givenchy designer said before joining Wintour and Mara atop the museum’s grand staircase to greet guests at the end of a line of models dressed in their safety-pinned finest. One popular model at the top of the stairs wore a bleached Mohawk and red leather jacket scrawled with “The Government is Lying.”