Andrew Bolton

Andrew Bolton - Honorary Fellow

Curator in Charge at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York, Bolton is the force behind the museum's annual blockbuster spring fashion exhibitions.

As a street style-loving teenager in the early 1980s, Lancashire-born Andrew Bolton presciently dreamed that he would one day become a curator at The Costume Institute. After studying for a BA in anthropology and an MA in non-western art at the University of East Anglia, he worked as a curator at the V&A from 1993 to 2002, where he was instrumental in raising the profile, quality and kudos of fashion exhibitions.

From 1999 until 2002 Bolton was a Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary Fashion at the V&A, in conjunction with the London College of Fashion. He curated the The Supermodern Wardrobe and Sole Satisfaction exhibitions at London College of Fashion in 2000, becoming a Visiting Professor in 2007.

In 2002, he moved to The Costume Institute in New York, where he curated headline-grabbing exhibitions such as AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion (2006), Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), and China: Through the Looking Glass (2015).

His work has won awards including Best Design Show from the International Association of Art Critics and the Vilcek Prize in Fashion. He is passionate about encouraging people to think about fashion differently, while simultaneously entertaining them. He shares an apartment overlooking Central Park with his partner, the fashion designer Thom Browne, and his dog, Hector.

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