Curator Andrew Bolton will head up The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute beginning next year. He succeeds fellow curator Harold Koda, who, as had been previously reported, will retire in January. "I am certain that Andrew, known for his extraordinary creativity and scholarship, will carry on Harold's tradition of curatorial excellence," said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "His rigorous research and innovative approach to installation make him a visionary curator and a great collaborator with colleagues both within and beyond the Museum."
It's no surprise that Bolton has been chosen to take the lead on the Costume Institute's future exhibitions. Since joining the Met in 2002 after a nine-year tenure with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Bolton has been responsible for curating such recently successful shows as "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations," and "China: Through the Looking Glass," which just closed with record-breaking numbers as the Met's fifth most-visited exhibit ever.
While we have yet to confirm how Bolton's new role will play into next spring's Met Gala and exhibition, we will likely see his ongoing partnership with Anna Wintour continue to fuse fashion and further contribute to the museum's success.