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Andrew Bolton to Replace Harold Koda as the Costume Institute's Lead Curator

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Koda, who's been the department's curator since 2000, will retire next year.

Harold Koda is retiring as the Met Museum's lead curator of the Costume Institute after 15 years, the museum announced on Monday. Andrew Bolton, a current curator in the department, will replace Koda, who will step down from his role on Jan. 8, 2016.

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"During his time at the Met, Harold has brought great change to the department, including the transfer of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection to the museum, and the two-year renovation and reopening of its space as the Anna Wintour Costume Center last year," said Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a release. "He has led his talented team in contributing to the field of costume in groundbreaking ways, including landmark acquisitions, exhibitions and publications."

Among Koda's most notable exhibitions are "Poiret: King of Fashion" (2007), "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" (2012) and "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" (2014).

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Bolton, who has worked closely with Koda, joined the Costume Institute in 2002 as associate curator before being named a curator in 2006. Considering his involvement with the exhibitions "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" (2011), "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" (2012), "Punk: Chaos to Couture" (2013), and "China: Through the Looking Glass" (2015), to name a few, it's no wonder Bolton is the perfect candidate for the role.

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