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These video images of John Lydon, also known (Credit: EPA)

These video images of John Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten who was once lead singer of punk band the Sex Pistols, are displayed at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition examining punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s until today, is on view from May 9 to August 14, 2013. (May 6, 2013)

Inside 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' at the Met

You're greeted by a mannequin giving an arm gesture usually reserved for drivers on the LIE. The final mannequin flips you the bird. In between, you've got garbage-bag gowns, graffiti'd urinals, flashing lights, raucous music. Wait, are we really at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Yes, thanks to the Costume Institute's latest exhibit, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," which runs through Aug. 14, and which the Met no doubt hopes will be as popular as the 2011 Alexander McQueen record-breaker.

A late 1970's ensemble of fashion by Vivienne
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A late 1970's ensemble of fashion by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," Monday, May 6, 2013 in New York. The show, which examines punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today, is open May 9 through August 14, 2013.

Punk's legacy may be more enduring than anyone
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Punk's legacy may be more enduring than anyone expected. Another glimpse at the Met's punk exhibit. (May 2013)

What's black and white and punk all over?
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What's black and white and punk all over? A gallery at the Met's new exhibit, with Sid Vicious video in background.(May 2013)

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This photograph of Sid Vicious by photographer Dennis
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This photograph of Sid Vicious by photographer Dennis Morris and taken in 1977 is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (May 2013)

Fashion mannequins are on display during the
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Fashion mannequins are on display during the "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition preview of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The Met's spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, which opens to the public May 9 to August 14, 2013, examines punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today.(May 6, 2013)

A design by John Galliano for the House
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A design by John Galliano for the House of Dior is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," in New York. The show, which examines punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today, is open May 9 through August 14. (May 6, 2013)

These video images of John Lydon, also known
(Credit: EPA)

These video images of John Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten who was once lead singer of punk band the Sex Pistols, are displayed at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition examining punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s until today, is on view from May 9 to August 14, 2013. (May 6, 2013)

This 'Piss Marilyn' T-shirt designed by British fashion
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This 'Piss Marilyn' T-shirt designed by British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren is on display at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition examining punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s until today, is on view from May 9 to August 14, 2013. (May 6, 2013)

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Fashion is on display at the 'PUNK: Chaos
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Fashion is on display at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition examining punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s until today, is on view from May 9 to August 14, 2013. (May 6, 2013)

A replica of the CBGB bathroom by artist
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A replica of the CBGB bathroom by artist Nick Knight is on display at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition examining punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s until today, is on view from May 9 to August 14, 2013. (May 6, 2013)

Shoes designed by late Italian fashion designer Gianni
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Shoes designed by late Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace are on display at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition examining punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s until today, is on view from May 9 to August 14, 2013. (May 6, 2013)

A design, center, by Christopher Bailey for Burberry
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A design, center, by Christopher Bailey for Burberry is shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," Monday, May 6, 2013 in New York. The show, which examines punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today, is open May 9 through August 14. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

This dress and belt designed by Italian fashion
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This dress and belt designed by Italian fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana are on display at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition examining punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s until today, is on view from May 9 to August 14, 2013. (May 6, 2013)

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art shows off Dolce
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art shows off Dolce and Gabbana's gowns, blotted with paint. (May 2013)

Left, Vivian Westwood and Lily Cole attend the
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Left, Vivian Westwood and Lily Cole attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.

A skirt designed by British fashion designers Vivienne
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A skirt designed by British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren is on display at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition examining punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the 1970s until today, is on view from May 9 to August 14, 2013. (May 6, 2013)

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