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              US NNFIT SC.FITA. · item · 2016 June 27
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              In this interview, Karen Trivette interviews fashion curator Harold Koda about his life leading up to his work in New York with fashion collections. Mr. Koda discusses the classes he took at FIT to meet Diana Vreeland, how he submitted some of his designs to Geraldine Stutz at Bendel's, and finally wound up working as an assistant for Diana Vreeland for The Glory of Russian Costume at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. He goes on to discuss his work as a curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology with Robert Riley, Richard Martin, and Laura Sinderbrand. Koda then discusses Vreeland's curatorial style, how fashion is art, and reverse chic. He then recalls fashion exhibitions that stood out to him throughout his career, and describes some of the discourse that took place between himself, Andrew Bolton, Richard Martin, and Laura Sinderbrand for the various exhibitions they brought together at both the Museum at FIT, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, and describes the differences between curating exhibitions at each institute. He then discusses his transition to Boston after 20 years in fashion curation to obtain a graduate degree at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, and how he was called back after three years to New York when Richard Martin became gravely ill. He finally discusses his retirement, a restoration project in the Bahamas, and the passing of Bill Cunningham.

              Koda, Harold