He grew up in Aiea and graduated from the University of Hawaii before becoming a prestigious figure in the fashion world of New York City. Harold Koda has been invited as a special guest to Honolulu Fashion Week as the Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He's held the position since 2000.
His exhibitions include "Goddess" (2003), "Dangerous Liaisons" (2004), "Poiret: King of Fashion" (2007), "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" (2009), "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" (2012), and "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" (2014). Koda's tenure is highlighted by the transfer of the Brooklyn Museum's Costume Collection to the Metropolitan Museum in January 2009 and the reopening of The Costume Institute's space after a two-year renovation on May 8, 2014, as the Anna Wintour Costume Center. In his earlier tenure at the Metropolitan Museum as Associate Curator, Koda worked closely with the late Richard Martin, then Curator in Charge, on 12 acclaimed exhibitions. Koda has co-authored 20 books, including 12 landmark catalogues for Met exhibitions.
Koda appeared on Sunrise this morning to talk about fashion in Hawaii.