Warhol fashion sketch, Christie’s Warhol fashion sketch, Christie’s

It was working in this commercial world through fine art that led him to produce his pioneering work encapsulating the consumerist world and making him a worldwide name, the Soup Can series. Although Warhol then became a pioneer of the Pop Art movement he never was far away from his love of fashion, founding Interview magazine in 1969 which celebrated art, fashion and celebrity. The magazine allowed Warhol further into the fashion world, models such as Jerry Hall appeared in the pages of the magazine alongside fashion designers such as Yves Saint Laurent.

The legacy of Warhol’s influence on the fashion world is probably most felt through the collections that designers have created whilst inspired by the colours, themes and pop art of Warhol’s artistic creations.

Soup Cans & Consumerism 

Arguably Warhol’s most famous and recognisable work, the series of 32 painted Campbell’s Soup Cans caused a stir when they went on display in 1962, a tongue in cheek comment on consumerism. The artworks are now instantly recognisable and a number of fashion designers have since been influenced by the iconic image, including Jean-Charles de Castelbajac who designed a soup can dress based on one of the paintings.

Warhol Soup Cans Warhol Soup Cans Image taken by Harriet Fisher at MOMA, New York

Jean de Castelbajac – Soup Can Dress Image via Hungertv.com Jean de Castelbajac – Soup Can Dress
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Some of the influences of this work however haven’t been so literal, dubbed the ‘Andy Warhol of fashion’ Jeremy Scott’s recent collections for Moschino often take the consumerist idea of logos and branding which Warhol first played with and replicate a similar tongue-in-cheek message about consumerism on the catwalk. The 2014 Moschino collection included McDonald’s themed fashions and in 2013 the Moschino menswear collection highlighted in Milan even included suits emblazoned with washing brand logos.

Moschino - McDonald's Moschino – McDonald’s Image via mysecretfashionpoison

Moschino - Washing Moschino – Washing Image via imageamplified.com

Marilyn Monroe

Another of Warhol’s famous pieces was the BLAH of Marilyn Monroe’s face. The celebrity status of Monroe combined with the increasingly popular Pop Art movement meant this work became instantaneously recognisable and continues to transcend time. Although now heavily recreated and re-used,  the most iconic influences of this work on fashion was the Versace 1991 Pop Art collection which featured a dress adorned with jewels and emblazoned with Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe print, an example of this dress is now housed in the Met Museum.

Versace - Marilyn Monroe dress Versace – Marilyn Monroe dress The Met Museum, New York

Flowers & Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg by Andy Warhol Image Style101 Magazine Diane Von Furstenberg by Andy Warhol
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One of Warhol’s long-term friends was the designer Diane Von Furstenberg, most famous for creating the iconic wrap dress. In 2014, the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, Von Furstenberg created a ‘Pop Wrap’ anniversary collection that merged her signature designs with the iconography of Warhol’s work.

DVF - Pop Wrap dress DVF Pop Wrap dress Image via W Magazine

This included a signature DVF ‘twig’ dress with Warhol’s dollar motif on the skirt and further variations of a reoccurring theme of DVF, the hibiscus flowers from Warhol’s 1964 flower series.

Warhol's Flowers, 1970 Warhol’s Flowers, 1970 Image W Magazine