The Iris Foundation Awards are presented annually by my alma mater, the Bard Graduate Center to patrons, scholars, and professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the study and appreciation of the decorative arts. Congratulating Harold Koda, one of the four recipients of the Twentieth Annual Iris Foundation Awards who is recognized for making transformative contributions to scholarship in costumes and textiles. Koda, who retired from his position as curator in charge at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this month after leading the department for fifteen years, has curated some of the seminal exhibitions during his tenure, including Goddess (2003), Dangerous Liaisons (2004), Poiret: King of Fashion (2007), The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion (2009), Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012) (above), and Charles James: Beyond Fashion (2014). It was under his leadership that the Brooklyn Museum’s costume collection was transferred to the Met in 2009, and in May 2014 the Costume Institute reopened as the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Koda is one of the more generous curators and has always been responsive in sharing his expertise. Congratulations on this spectacular recognition.
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