THE MAN BEHIND THE MET: The Fashion Group International will salute Andrew Bolton, curator in charge at The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the 2016 Lord & Taylor Fashion Oracle award. Bolton will be honored at the group’s Night of Stars on Oct. 27 at Cipriani Wall Street.
In recent years, Bolton has strengthened his reputation for creating blockbuster exhibitions that have significantly enhanced the Met’s attendance figures and its ability to attract a younger following. The museum has extended his latest show, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” through Labor Day, due to its already overperforming numbers. That was also the case with last summer’s “China: Through the Looking Glass,” which wound up one of the Met’s Top 10 shows in terms of turnout. The Bolton-curated “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” drew fans for months.
Moviegoers got a behind-the-scenes view of Bolton’s role when Andrew Rossi’s documentary “The First Monday in May” hit theaters.
Lord & Taylor’s Liz Rodbell said, “As an individual whose vision and body of work exerts an overarching influence on culture and the world of fashion. Andrew Bolton is really deserving of The Lord & Taylor Fashion Oracle award.”
Bolton joins the ranks of previous Oracle award winners like Justin Timberlake and editors Glenda Bailey and Deborah Needleman.