Before the emergence of The Factory and Studio 54, soon-to-be art world legend Andy Warhol worked in fashion, illustrating adverts and articles for glossy magazines such as Harper’s, Vogue and Glamour.
When his big artistic break came in 1962 with his first solo show, his Campbell's soup can exhibition at Ferus Gallery, LA, the sartorial world was to follow, and from that moment on, never let go.
The world's most iconic polaroid collection
When New York society girls began wearing ’Souper Dresses’, screen-printed and sold by Campbell’s themselves, Warhol’s circle had already begun to grow with admiring actors, designers and major pop culture figures.
“Fashion wasn’t what you wore someplace anymore; it was the whole reason for going.”
With a quickly evolving fashion industry, Warhol’s enigmatic polaroid collection, his ‘visual diary’, started to capture some of the most iconic names in fashion, from Giorgio Armani and Caroline Herrera to Yves Saint Laurent and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Warhol on the runway
Warhol’s artwork inspired – and continues to inspire – a myriad of fashion designers.
In 1972, Halston invited Warhol to create his runway presentation for the Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards, labelled an “Onstage Happening by Andy Warhol”. The American fashion designer even based one of his dresses on Warhol’s famous flower paintings, created by the pop artist in 1964.
More than decade later, for his Autumn 1987 and Spring 1988 collections, cult designer Stephen Sprouse created a new range of textile designs using Warhol’s ‘Camouflage' screen-prints.
Warhol and Klein
Thanks to a unique multi-year licensing agreement between The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and fashion brand Calvin Klein, the pop artist has made it onto the runway once again.
Calvin Klein’s Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons, received access to the full breadth of Warhol’s works, including never-before-published pieces, and created an evocative ‘American Horror’ collection for Calvin Klein’s 2018 Spring/Summer collection.
Not one to shy away from difficult imagery, Simons’ ‘American Horror’ collection included a number of Warhol’s death and disaster images, originally silkscreened by the artist by hand.
In Warhol’s own words “Fantasy and clothes go together a lot”, and we look forward to seeing more Warhol-inspired garments hit the runway in the future, especially at London Fashion Week 2018. Meanwhile, you can explore Warhol’s Polaroids, paintings, illustrations and more here.
Browse more Andy Warhol images below:
Electric Chair, 1971
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Images from top: Fashion - Two Female Torsos With Necklaces, c.1983; Untitled (Stamped Shoes), c.1959; Carolina Herrera, 1978; Camouflage, 1987; Electric Chair, 1971; Liza Minnelli (two panels), 1978; Two Female Fashion Figures, c.1960; Colored Campbell's Soup Can, 1965; Self-Portrait, 1978. All images © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / DACS/Artimage 2018.