Lisbeth Salander – Er, Rooney Mara – to Host the 2013 Punk-Themed Met Ball
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, aka Rooney Mara, will be hosting the Met Costume Institute Gala in 2013 for their PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit. Yea/nay?
This year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibit, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, may not have been a big hit, especially in comparison to 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty masterpiece; but obviously that’s not stopping the Met from moving full steam ahead with 2013’s exhibit (this is the Met we’re talking about here, after all). And hey, guess what? The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara is set to host the exhibit’s gala!
Rather than focusing on just one designer, the 2013 Met Costume Institute exhibit will stage a tribute to the entire punk movement. Called PUNK: Chaos to Couture, it will feature over 100 punk-influenced pieces of men’s and women’s fashion—both haute couture and ready-to-wear—from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Jean Paul Gaultier, Anna Sui, and more. Rumor has it that the Gianni Versace safety pin dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994 will also make an appearance. You know, this one (Hugh Grant not included):
“Punk broke all the rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk,” said Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, according to WWD. “Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time.” The exhibit will take a look at the punk movement in both London and New York, connecting the dots between them and looking forward from them into the future.
I don’t know about you, Bettys, but I can’t think of a better person to host the gala that will open the exhibit than Rooney Mara. Ever since she took on the role of punk hacker extraordinaire Lisbeth Salander, she’s walked the line between punk and high fashion on the red carpet, often with some fabulous results. She’ll be joined by Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, and (natch) Anna Wintour as co-chairs for the event.
Vogue has a pretty nifty first look of some of the glorious pieces that will appear in the exhibit, so head on over there to take a look.
Tell us: How do you feel about Rooney hosting the Met Ball?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.