The most famous Pop artist in the world would have celebrated his 84th birthday today. Before the iconic soup cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol illustrated fashion for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Mademoiselle and Vogue.
His fashion illustration style included deceptively simple line drawings, often with a blotted line technique and bright, flat colors. The style is seen in many of his most famous pieces today. The artist also collaborated with others to design fashion. His artwork was printed on clothing pieces like the paper dress seen in the Paper Fashion Exhibit at Luxembourg's Musee de l'art Moderne. Andy Warhol also inspired many other fashion designers with his witty motifs and color palette. Jean Charles de Castelbajac’s Fall 2009 show took this humorous attitude to heart with the furry Warhol dress:
He was influenced by fashion throughout his life, also collaborating with popular models of the day like Edie Sedgwick. When he died, he was buried in the suit of his contemporary, Stephen Sprouse.
“Fashion isn’t what you wore someplace…It was the whole reason for going.” - Andy Warhol
Paper Fashion Exhibit photo from Oranges and Apples. Illustrations from the book Andy Warhol Fashion. Photo of Edie and Andy from Warhol Stars. Castelbajac Fall 2009 photo by Peter Stigter