Andrew Bolton OBE
20 July 2023
19:00 - 21:00
Doors open at 19:00 for refreshments and the talk starts at 19:30.
The Costume Institute's Andrew Bolton speaks 'Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty' with journalist Liam Freeman
In May, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its spring 2023 exhibition, Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. Highlighting the late designer’s complex design methodology and sketching as his primary mode of communication, the show is presented as a conceptual essay rather than a traditional retrospective and explores recurring aesthetic themes that appeared in Lagerfeld’s fashions across his 65-year career.
As Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, Andrew Bolton, OBE is the chief mastermind behind the operation – he is responsible for the exhibition, from the concept, to working with design houses, architects, and other collaborators on every element.
In conversation with journalist Liam Freeman, Bolton will recall the twists and turns of the curatorial process, sharing ‘behind-the-scenes’ anecdotes from his experience. It’s a rare opportunity to hear directly from the curator about his creative process and how he brings The Costume Institute’s thematic exhibitions to life.
Since joining The Met in 2002, Bolton has mounted a string of ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions, including Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), and Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (2018) – all of which are among the Museum’s most visited shows.
This INSPIRED talk is also an opportunity for us to celebrate with Bolton, a Sarabande Ambassador. We are incredibly proud to toast his wonderful achievement of an OBE appointment this year.
Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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