Watch: How Andrew Bolton Became “The Accidental” Curator of the Met Costume Institute
Austen Rosenfeld,

February is award season across the board and Andrew Bolton—the curator of The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—will be taking home the $100,000 Vilcek Prize in Fashion. It’s a prize that spotlights foreign-born artists who have made major contributions to their field.
There’s no doubt that applies to Bolton. He has been the curator of The Costume Institute at the Met since 2002 and is responsible for bringing the astonishingly successful Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit to the museum in 2011. “Growing up in England was an extraordinary experience,” Bolton says in the behind-the-scenes video above. “I remember seeing punks in the street and thinking how brave they were. It was the first time I remember seeing the power of fashion, that my trajectory was to become an anthropologist.”

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