About this artwork
Halston was the leading fashion designer in America during the 1970s. His creations defined the decade and according to Warhol he was “the first All-American fashion designer. He never copies Paris. He just gives the American woman what she wants: simple clothes that are easy to care for – but look rich”. Halston was also a fan of Warhol’s work and used his paintings of flowers in his fabric patterns of the early seventies. This advert, designed by Warhol in 1982, is for Halston’s range of women’s eveningwear. He has incorporated blocks of irregularly shaped colour, which, although printed, appear like collaged fragments of paper, with hand-drawn elements - also screenprinted. It was one of four adverts by Warhol to feature as posters and double-page magazine spreads.
- title: Halston
- accession number: AR00444
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- subject: Costume
- medium: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1982
- measurements: 57.80 x 72.80 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.