Wendy Yu endows lead Curatorial Position at The Costume Institute

WENDY Yu, Chinese investor and philanthropist, and the founder of Hong Kong-based company Yu Holdings has announced the endowment of the position of Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is an addition to the 50 endowed positions in curatorial, conservation, and other departments already at the Met.

The endowment will exist in perpetuity at The Costume Institute. Andrew Bolton, currently Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, will now assume the title of Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. Andrew Bolton joined The Costume Institute in 2002, and in 2015 was made the Curator in Charge. His hard work has won him several awards, including the Fashion Group International Oracle Award in 2016, the Vilcek Prize in Fashion in 2015, and the Best Monographic Exhibition from the Association of Art Museum Curators for Alexander McQueen in 2011.

Wendy Yu

Yu fashion, a division of Yu Holdings, considers fashion as a powerful force of global influence, one that can build new ties between China and the rest of the world. Committed to the fashion industry’s progress and growth, Yu Fashion funded Mary Katrantzou in 2017, the London based designer known for her colourful prints. Their recent endowment will bridge the gap between America and China with plans to launch a program of initiatives with The Costume Institute in China.

This will include a series of educational talks by Mr Bolton in partnership with a local institution to provide insight into The Costume Institute’s curatorial process. Yu Fashion will also connect The Met with Chinese art and fashion communities to form a consortium of Chinese individuals and institutions.

by Lily Rimmer

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