Vilcek Foundation Honors Andrew Bolton
Lauren McCarthy, Women's Wear Daily
BOLTON’S HONOR: Biomedical science and fashion don’t usually go hand in hand, but such was the case at Thursday evening’s Vilcek Foundation Awards Gala. Each year, the foundation, headed by Janand Marica Vilcek, honors foreign-born professionals who have made outstanding contributions to society in the United States in one of two fields: science, and an arts-based one, which changes from year to year (past fields have included contemporary music, dance, literature and filmmaking). Now in its tenth year, the awards shined the spotlight on fashion, with Andrew Bolton, British-born curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, receiving the top prize: $100,000 and a trophy, uniquely designed for each winner by Stefan Sagmeister. Three additional fashion winners were named in the category of “creative promise”: men’s wear designer Siki Im, knitwear designer Natallia Pilipenka and recent Parsons The New School for Design graduate Tuyen Tran, each of whom received $50,000.
A Message from Jan and Marica Vilcek
Our founders arrived as penniless refugees over fifty years ago, but with the kindness and opportunity they received in the United States, they went on to accomplish great things in biomedical science and art history. Read their statement on the recent executive order imposing a travel ban.