When There Is Genius… Time Stops
I once went to an art exhibition where a collection of Andy Warhol’s pieces were on display. It was transformative and humbling. Mostly because today you see remnants and replicas of Warhol’s pieces literally EVERYWHERE, so it’s really surreal to see originals up close. In fact… the Art Gallery of Alberta even managed to secure one of his wigs. The lifeless white fibrous mane lay limp in a showcase no more than one foot away from me. Creepy really. But more creepy that I wanted to wear it and take a selfie… but I refrained out of respect.
But it was that same genius who donned the filament mop that would be interpreted by countless designers and who’s design’s would be screened on styles of shoes (like the new capsule collection of Converse shoes avail. Feb 7th), and worn by quirky bloggers of the 21st century (check out the Beckerman sisters). That Damned Campbell’s soup tin is more famous than most of the so-called-celebrities to date including half the backstreet boys and most of the Jonas Brothers.
It’s no wonder Halston paired so well with Warhol back in the 70’s, their use of prints made them thick as thieves. This of course goes without saying that they were ALSO best of friends. So sad the Soup Can Man left so early on. But he is remembered and lived on through the constant and dare I say,… continuation of pop art through the use of the most sought after and popularized pieces of Warhol history.
Halston had it right. He used the “Flowers” print, originally by Warhol on one particular dresses. The result was unique and boundary pushing for the time. In fact… you can see a number of collections and pieces that have been designed after this same “Flowers” motif including a dress from the Pink Tartan Spring 2014 collection. He’s timeless!
When something is designed by a genius, it really is carried and passed on throughout time. So… Bully for us.
Images from Converse, Andy Warhol Foundation, Halston, Pink Tartan and the Beckerman blog