DVF + Andy Warhol

Diane von Furstenberg knows how to throw a party. Or perhaps—more appropriately—a celebration. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress, the designer commissioned various artists to create works inspired by the frock’s notable legacy, to be included in the exhibition “Journey of a Dress,” which opened last Friday  in L.A. In addition (because, why stop there?), the designer launched a limited-edition collection in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation.

On view at the historic Wilshire May Company building (which will soon be the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures) next to the LACMA campus, the exhibition features hundreds of contemporary versions of the wrap dress in front of walls lined floor-to-ceiling with DVF’s patterns. Also on view are commemorative works by Dustin Yellin, Julian Opie, Francisco Clemente, Barbara Kruger, Anh Duong, and other notable contemporary artists. In particular, Yellin’s “A Ghost May Come” includes thousands of scraps of scanned magazine and newspaper articles about von Furstenberg cut into small shapes that from a few steps away look exactly like wrap dress’ iconic chain-link print. In addition, the exhibition includes seven vintage portraits of DVF by Andy Warhol, a close friend. When thinking about a unique, limited edition collection to further honor this special moment in fashion, a collaboration with the Warhol Foundation was an obvious choice. Pop Wrap: DVF + Andy Warhol, as the collection has been called, combines traditional Warholian motifs—specifically, the flower and dollar sign—with DVF’s most well-known patterns onto dresses, jumpsuits, bags and t-shirts. Best to snap up that piece you have your eye on before it too becomes another note in the book of fashion history.

Well, that’s a wrap.

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The entrance hall to the exhibition; photo via WWD

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Wrap dresses on view at the exhibition; photo via WWD

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DVF at the opening of her exhibition; photo via LA Times/Getty Images

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Dresses & a bag from the Pop Wrap collection

Dior + The Andy Warhol Foundation

In one of the most unique collaborations I have seen lately with The Andy Warhol Foundation (the ever-licensing organization also recently partnered with Perrier and Bugaboo), Dior has utilized some of Warhol’s early hand drawn work from the 1950s in his Fall/Winter 2013 collection. “For me Warhol made so much sense,” Dior creative director Raf Simons said of the collaboration on Dior’s website“I was interested in the delicacy and sensitivity in the early work he did, I was drawn to that graphic style naturally in this collection. It was that notion of hand work and personal signature that fitted throughout.”  Particularly, Simons worked Warhol’s “Stamped Shoe with Butterflies 1961,” “High Heel,” and “Shoe 1955” onto several handbags and silk dresses.

The collection as a whole is truly a nod to the label’s founder. Christian Dior himself was an avid art enthusiast, a close friend of many artists, and a gallerist prior to his move into fashion. The collection centered around a theme of surrealism, with the art of Dali and Giacometti serving as much of his inspiration. The notions of Surrealism and Pop through Warhol’s drawings were brought together in what was referred to in the show dossier as a “scrapbook.” To top it all off, the dreamscape of the show’s set brought to mind Magritte with a cloud-covered path winding around large mirrored spheres.

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A number of dresses incorporating Warhol drawings from the Dior Autumn/Winter 2013 collection

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A satin clutch with a Warhol shoe drawing

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A tote with a similar motif

Warhol’s Latest Collaborations

The Andy Warhol Foundation has kept itself busy with a number of new brand collaborations, fresh off the heels of the incredibly successful NARS Andy Warhol collection.

This summer, Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water will launch a series of limited-edition bottles inspired by Warhols’s Perrier bottle screen print series from the 1980s in honor of the brand’s 150th anniversary. While over 40 works featuring the Perrier bottle were produced in 1983, the brand is now offering glass bottles featuring four different label designs pulling from seven different Warhol inspirations from the series, overlayed by some of the artist’s famous quotes. The collection will be available beginning June 24th wherever Perrier is sold.

And for all the moms out there, Bugaboo—the high-end stroller company, products by which can often be spotted in NYC’s Tribeca or Upper East Side neighborhoods—has also collaborated with the Warhol Foundation to launch two stroller accessories collections inspired by Warhol’s flowers and cars silk screen series. Bugaboo has successfully collaborated on limited edition designs before, but partners have stemmed mostly from the fashion world, including Missoni, Marc Jacobs, and Viktor & Rolf. The collections hit stores in May, and the brand intends to launch a second edition with the AWF this fall.

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The limited edition Perrier bottles

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An Andy Warhol Perrier ad from 1983

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From the bugaboo-Warhol cars collection

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From the Bugaboo-Warhol flowers collection

Art I’m Loving: Andy Warhol

It’s been a while since I focused on my art obsession-of-the-moment, but I can’t stop thinking about my most recent excursion to the Met to see Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. It was such a well-done exhibition and honorably traced Warhol’s influence on other artists both during and after his career. Consistent themes within Warhol’s oeuvre  were compartmentalized in different rooms, and his paintings, sculptures and prints were juxtaposed with those by other artists who reinterpreted such themes in their own manner.

Warhol’s work was truly groundbreaking in that he truly challenged the definition of fine art and changed the way people looked at and talked about art forever. He appropriated images and took inspiration from popular culture rejecting elitist notions of art and made the case that art could be anything, seen anywhere, and of any medium. Moreover, it was Warhol who really merged the worlds of art and fashion, culture and commerce, by pulling inspiration from fashion and fashion marketing in much of his work. Without Warhol and Pop Art, I wonder if YSL would have ever sent his Mondrian dress down the runway in the 60s, for which he received so much attention he followed it up with an entire Pop Art collection. Warhol’s artwork is what this blog is all about, and I hope you will all make your way to the Met before the exhibition closes on December 31st.

Flowers, 1964, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen

The Souper Dress, Warhol collaboration with Campell’s Soup, 1966-7

Double Elvis (Ferus Type), which sold for $37M at Sotheby’s earlier this year

Brillo Soap Pads Box, 1964, silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on wood

Dollar Sign, 1981

 

Art+Fashion Collabs Now Available for Purchase!

I have written about various art and fashion collaborations as they were announced over the past few months, often before seeing any of the resulting merchandise. But now, many of the actual products from these partnerships are finally available for purchase! Below is a recap of some of the enviable goods now hitting the market.

James Jean’s OVM Jewelry at Lane Crawford

James Jean, the artist most known in the fashion world for his whimsical illustrations that adorned the Prada Fairy bag that will forever hold a place in fashion history, launched his OVM jewelry collection online last year. Now, a special limited-edition collection by Jean is being sold exclusively at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, and the artist was given free reign to construct a live art installation for the launch. Jean adorned the store’s concept room Blitz, constructed entirely of glass, with white sketches of butterflies, foliage and whimsical creatures. “I want people to feel like they entered a different dimension or world, this surreal, dream-like space,” he said to WWD.

View of the OVM display at Lane Crawford

Jean’s whimsical design on the glass wall

Nars Andy Warhol Collection

When I wrote about this collection back in June, Nars had yet to release images of the products. Now you can pick up the Pop-art inspired makeup at Sephora or online at Nars.com.

Flower eyeshadow palette

Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret

Jimmy Choo + Rob Pruitt

We got a glimpse of some of the designs from this collaboration back in June, but the entire collection is now available on Net-a-Porter. The goods feature Pruitt’s signature Panda motif, alongside leopard print, cool zebra stripes, candy sprinkles, and glitter all in an array of rainbow colors. The playful 18-piece collection includes shoes, handbags, and other accessories.

Sprinkle wedges

Angel and Devil minaudières

Ling-ling Tote Bag

Happy 4th – Art Edition

Happy 4th of July! As promised, let’s honor Independence day by looking at some patriotic art!

From top left (by row): Josef Albers, Jasper Johns, Piet Mondrian, James Nares, Caio Fonseca, Paul Feeley, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Dan Flavin, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe

Quote of the Day

“Art is Art. Fashion is Fashion. However, Andy Warhol proved that they can exist together.”

-Karl Lagerfeld

Liquidated Logo, by French Artist Zevs

Collaboration Anticipation: Nars Andy Warhol Collection

This fall, Nars will launch “Nars Andy Warhol”, a new limited edition, color cosmetics collection created by founder Francois Nars under a license with The Andy Warhol Foundation.  Nars is no stranger to collaborations – most recently, the brand partnered with Thakoon to create a line of nail polishes inspired by the designer’s Spring 2012 Collection – but then neither is The Warhol Foundation.  In 2011, the artist’s estate raked in $6 million, earning the Pop Artist the number 13 spot on Forbes magazine’s ranking of “top-earning dead people”.  This is largely due to the Foundation’s rather indiscriminate product licensing policies, as his iconic images and persona have been lent to everything from Levi’s Jeans to Philip Treacy hats. (Something tells me that Warhol, originator of the “artist as a brand” phenomena, wouldn’t mind.)  But back to the makeup… The collection will feature “innovative packaging, formulas, and shades,” evocative of “the cool, image-rich, character-laden world of Warhol,” according to Women’s Wear Daily.  Bright bold colors are definitely having a fashion moment, so I predict the line will be extremely successful.  Nars is declaring that the Warhol partnership will be it’s largest strategic collaboration to date, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Thakoon for Nars limited edition nail polishes

Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe 31, 1967. Brightly painted images such as this are likely to serve as inspiration for the Nars color palettes.