The Met explores the influence of punk on fashion

New York, May 7 (EFE).- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is capturing the rebellious spirit of punk music and fashions in a new exhibition that explores the movement's influence on haute couture.

The exhibition, "PUNK: Chaos to Couture," runs from May 9 to Aug. 14.

"What we wanted to do at the museum was give punk the recognition we believe it deserves. Nearly four decades have passed since it originated and it still has extraordinary power to stimulate our imagination," curator Andrew Bolton told Efe.

The first gallery features a recreation of one of the restrooms at CBGB, the legendary New York rock club founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 that became the temple of punk.

The gallery showcases images of Blondie, Richard Hell, The Ramones and Patti Smith, all of whom made their names at CBGB.

"Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk's visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs," the Met said in a statement.