Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede

Halston, Evening ensemble dress, 1970, Silk chiffon, courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Halston, Evening ensemble dress, 1970, Silk chiffon, courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Currently on view at The Andy Warhol Museum is Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede. The exhibition is part of the Warhol’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes (Random), 1980, ©The
Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes (Random), 1980, ©The

Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede, examines the interconnected lives and creative practices of Andy Warhol and Halston – two American icons who had a profound impact on the development of 20th century art and fashion. The exhibition has been organized by The Warhol and Halston’s niece, Lesley Frowick, and integrates Halston’s garments, including dresses, hats, and other accessories, along with Warhol’s photography, videos and paintings.

Halston, for Bergdorf Goodman, Pillbox Hat, early 1960s, © The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Halston, for Bergdorf Goodman, Pillbox Hat, early 1960s, © The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

The exhibition will include approximately 40 of Halston’s creations including an iconic pillbox hat designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1961, and his signature Ultrasuede shirtdress, juxtaposed with Warhol’s paintings, photographs, and videos. It will also feature archival material and ephemera from the archives of The Warhol and the personal collection of Lesley Frowick relating to the two artists’ practices.

Andy Warhol, Jackie, 1964, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum
Andy Warhol, Jackie, 1964, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum

“What a privilege it was to have seen Andy and my uncle together; Andy’s birthday weekend at Montauk, nights out on the town; quiet dinners at home, states Lesley Frowick. This exhibition is an endearing insider’s homage to friendship, Pop art and fashion. My uncle left an indelible mark on fashion history and gave me the best seat in the house to watch the show. I will always remember what a determined, generous, funny, and expansive person he was. He put forth his best effort to make the world, and especially the people of his inner circle, as beautiful and comfortable as he could.”

Halston, Dress, 1972, Ultrasuede, The Museum at FIT, Gift of Mrs. Sidney Merians
Halston, Dress, 1972, Ultrasuede, The Museum at FIT, Gift of Mrs. Sidney Merians

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog of the same name. Published by Abrams. The book is illustrated with image of Halston’s clothing and accessories and Warhol’s art, ephemera, and scores of documentary photographs. http://bit.ly/1k19YfU

Andy Warhol, Time Capsule 471, 1980–83, courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum
Andy Warhol, Time Capsule 471, 1980–83, courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum

Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede is currently on view at the Andy Warhol Museum thru August 24, 2014 www.warhol.org

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