a new era for the anna wintour costume center

After a 15-year reign at the Met Museum’s Costume Institute, Harold Koda will hand over the reins to curator Andrew Bolton.

by Alice Newell-Hanson
11 September 2015, 4:13am

image courtesy the metropolitan museum

On Monday, the Costume Institute's most visited exhibition ever, China: Through the Looking Glass, closed. And today, the Met Museum announced that the Institute's Curator in Charge, Harold Koda, will step down in January. (Drop the mic!)

Koda started his career at the Met as a junior assistant working under legendary empress of fashion Diana Vreeland in the late 70s. He told The Cut earlier this year that "It really was the tail end of a different era. It was like a window into Funny Face, with Kay Thompson playing a Vreeland-inspired character." During his own 15-year reign as head curator he helped usher the New York City institution into a new age, acquiring and integrating the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection in 2009 and overseeing a two-year renovation of the galleries.

He also oversaw exhibitions including Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, in 2012, and last year's phenomenal Charles James: Beyond Fashion. The latter was the debut exhibition when the Costume Institute reopened in May, 2014 as the Anna Wintour Costume Center -- a transition which Koda oversaw.

Koda is handing his role over to Andrew Bolton, a curator who has been at the Institute since 2002. Bolton, who came from the V&A in London, helped mastermind the fantastical blockbuster exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which opened at the Institute in 2011, as well as China: Through the Looking Glass. The shows were the Costume Institute's most popular exhibitions of all time, racking up 661,509 and 815,992 vistors, respectively. China: Through the Looking Glass also just became the Met Museum's fifth most visited exhibition of all time. While Koda will still organize the upcoming exhibition, Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style, we have high hopes for 2017.


Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum

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