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"The Warhol Look/Glamour Style Fashion"
1999-09-15 until 1999-11-22
Musee del la Mode
Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola in 1928, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
From his childhood in the 1930s, when he collected Hollywood fan magazines and
signed publicity photographs of stars, Warhol was obsessed with glamour, style, and
fashion. He stayed fashionable throughout the sixties, seventies, and eighties, a
chameleon of changing styles, moving easily in the worlds of commercial illustration
and display, nightlife, camp subcultures, high society, and fashion design. These
worlds informed Warhols work as a serious and significant artist, and, in turn, his work
affected style and fashion. Only now, looking at the whole range of his work, does it
become clear that Warhols fascination with glamour, style, and fashion was not a
distraction from his real work, nor a debasement of the rarified, pure world of
contemporary art, but an integral part of his life and creative process, and a complex
and productive response to the tensions between art, popular culture, and daily life.
The work of the other artists, designers, and photographers included in the exhibition
has had an important role in the construction and definition of the styles with which
Warhol is associated; in large part, they created the Warhol look. This exhibition traces
Warhols interests through a series of rooms and displays covering his life and work
over four decades, from the 1940s to the 1980s. It makes clear for the first time the
seriousness of Warhols approach to the material culture of costume, magazines,
photography, and video. At the same time, it brings the worlds of style and fashion
into the context of other fields, especially those of contemporary art, film, and museums