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Met Costume Institute Curator Harold Koda to Step Down

The curator in charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harold Koda, has disclosed plans to retire early next year, according to Rosemary Feitelberg and Bobbi Queen for WWD.

Koda returned in 2000, asked by director Philippe de Montebello to lead the Costume Institute’s deconcessioning. He also played a crucial role in negotiating the 2008 deal with the Brooklyn Museum to share its American and European collection with the Met. Among his recent successes was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” the highly attended show highlighting China’s influence on international fashion.

Looking back on his tenure, Koda said: “If there’s anything, my greatest acquisition has been getting Andrew Bolton from the [Victoria and Albert Museum] and putting together all of these incredible things that people don’t see.”