SALUTING BOLTON: Having largely worked behind-the-scenes since joining The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute as Curator in 2002, Andrew Bolton is about to step into the limelight as this year’s Vilcek Prize in Fashion winner. The Vilcek Foundation will honor the British-born New Yorker with the $100,000 prize as well as the Stefan Sagmeister-designed trophy at a ceremony in April.
Bolton said he was “incredibly surprised. I’ve never personally received an award before, and to be given one that is so generous and prestigious has been overwhelming. To know that the Vilcek Foundation has seen it fit to recognize the work my colleagues and I do at the Costume Institute has been extremely humbling. I couldn’t be happier.”
Since joining the Costume Institute in 2002, Bolton has curated 13 exhibitions (some with Costume Institute Curator in Charge Harold Koda) and is responsible for one of the most highly attended exhibitions in the museum’s history “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”
The Vilcek Foundation will honor three foreign-born artists who are up-and-comers with Creative Promise Prizes in the Arts in the field of fashion: Siki Im, who has a signature label and a denim one aptly named DEN IM; Natallia Pilipenka, and Tuyen Tran. Each will receive a $50,000 cash award.