Editors' Pick: "Punk: Chaos to Couture," Rebel Style at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is set to host an exhibition, gathering some of history's most stylish punk rockers.

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From left: Sid Vicious, 1977, photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved. Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Vogue, March 2011. Photograph by David Sims / art partner.

Punk rock is supposed to be antifashion, but the Sex Pistols owed their look to an S&M-inspired designer, Vivienne Westwood. That tension drives this can't-miss multimedia experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Conceived by the curators of the hugely successful 2011 exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," it focuses on seven punk antiheroes (such as Sid Vicious, pictured above, and safety-pin pioneer Richard Hell), whose style influenced the 30-plus designers—including Martin Margiela, Hedi Slimane, and Riccardo Tisci—featured in the show.

*May 9–August 14; metmuseum.org/punk

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From left: John Lydon, 1976, photograph by Ray Stevenson/Rex USA. Junya Watanabe (Japanese, born 1961), fall/winter 2006-7, photograph by Catwalking.

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From left: Paul Cook, late 1970s, photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved. Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), spring/summer 2006, photograph by Catwalking.

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