New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' exhibition was one of the most successful in its history.

It attracted 442,350 visitors between May and the middle of August, making it the fifth most popular staged at the museum in the last 25 years.

The exhibition was a retrospective of punk movement and how it affected the fashion industry. It showcased over 100 pieces of men's and women's fashion, from designers including Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang - including the infamous Gianni Versace safety-pin dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994.

The show's curator Andrew Bolton said at its opening: ''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.''

The four other most popular exhibitions at the museum have been 2011's 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty', 2008's 'Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy', 2005's 'The House of Chanel' and 2001's 'Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House'.