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Tony Design Matched With DIY Duds at Met Punk Fashion Exhibit

UPPER EAST SIDE — Sheena is a fashion designer, too. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's forthcoming spring exhibition Punk: Chaos to Couture, on display from May 9 to Aug. 14, 2013, will show how the music movement's DIY duds significantly influenced haute couture — from the 1970s to today , officials recently announced.

The show will trace how the oft-tattered threads of musicians such as Sid Vicious and Richard Hell became popularized by high fashion houses like Chanel and Rodarte, the museum said in a statement.

“Punk’s signature mixing of references was fueled by artistic developments such as Dada and postmodernism,” said Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a statement. 

Added Andrew Bolton, curator for The Costume Institute: “Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion. Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”

Some 100 designs will be displayed, and mid-1970s punk garments "will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols," museum officials said. 

Some of the seven galleries in the exhibition "will have designated punk 'heroes' who embody the broader concepts behind the fashions on view" — such as a CBGB room with "Blondie, Richard Hell, The Ramones, and Patti Smith."

Designers featured hail from fashion houses such as Burberry, Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano, Chanel and Rodarte, among others.

More information about the exhibit can be found at Metmuseum.org.