Andrew Bolton, the Man Behind the Biggest Fashion Exhibitions in the World

Andrew Bolton is probably the most famous fashion curator in the world: leading The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute since 2015, the 52-year-old visionary has staged some of the most culturally significant, talked-about – and, importantly, visited – fashion exhibits of the 21st century. In person, he is self-effacing – on his role at the Met Gala, the Anna Wintour-helmed event which raises funds for his yearly exhibits and attracts countless international celebrities, Bolton says “I’m totally invisible”.

Storytelling is at the heart of Bolton’s curatorial vision, and the subject matter that he chooses to investigate in his exhibitions at The Met draw audiences with compelling and timely themes. The proof is in the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flock to shows like Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017) and Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (2018)which holds the title of the most-visited fashion exhibition in The Met’s history – each year.

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Mellissa Miller