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Andrew Bolton to Lead Met’s Costume Institute

Andrew Bolton, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, will lead the department as curator in charge, according to the New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin and Guy Trebay. Bolton is succeeding Harold Koda, who is stepping down from the role, as noted earlier here. Koda’s accomplishments included moving the Brooklyn Museum’s costume collection to the Met in 2009; reopening the Costume Institute in 2014 after it underwent a two-year renovation; and working with Vogue editor Anna Wintour to host the Costume Institute’s annual gala. Koda was also responsible, in 2002, for bringing in Bolton, who formerly worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for nearly a decade.

At the Met, Bolton has spearheaded blockbuster shows like “Alexander McQueen: “Savage Beauty,” 2011, an exhibition that paired Elsa Schiaparelli with Miuccia Prada, and the 2008 “Superheroes,” which foregrounded the fashion influence of characters like Wonder Woman.

“I do try and tell a story—to start out with an overarching theme, then break it down,” said Bolton. “I really believe clothing carries all kinds of narratives. And it’s up to the curators to make them legible.”