Andrew Bolton Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrew Bolton

Curator, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

The approachable academic combines his flawless fashion knowledge with an engaging demeanour, well-suited to the more public aspects of his role.

United Kingdom Creative Class 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014


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As curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute since 2006, Andrew Bolton is recognised for having spearheaded some of the most groundbreaking and innovative fashion exhibitions in the museum’s history. Most noted for the phenomenally successful 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty'  retrospective in 2011, Bolton has also overseen ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and ‘AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion'.

A graduate of anthropology from the University of East Anglia, Bolton spent 10 years at the Victoria & Albert museum in London before decamping for New York. 

A celebrated curator, Bolton has been awarded the ‘Best Design Show’ award by the International Association of Art Critics for an exhibition on couturier Paul Poiret. In 2009, Bolton was awarded with the AIGA Design Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for 'Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy' catalogue.


  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Curator, The Costume Institute 2001 - Present, New York, United States

  • Victoria and Albert Museum
    Victoria and Albert Museum

    1993 - 2001, London, United Kingdom

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