Female Figures and Fashion Accessories (1960)
About this artwork
The world of fashion had always fascinated Andy Warhol and it hugely influenced his work – from his early commercial illustrations in the 1950s of women’s shoes and handbags to his depictions of celebrities and models in his iconic screenprinted portraits. This work shows a variety of vibrant clothes and fashion accessories rendered in Warhol’s characteristic blotted-line technique. Annotations such as the one suggesting that the cardigan should be pink rather than grey imply that this is perhaps a draft design for a magazine spread. As the coloured inks were almost certainly added by a friend or assistant at one of Warhol’s famous colouring parties, this may explain the decision to alter the colour.
- title: Female Figures and Fashion Accessories
- accession number: AR00285
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Ink, printed paper and dye on paper on board
- date created: 1960
- measurements: 43.00 x 62.80 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.