Andy Warhol, ‘Gianni Versace x Andy Warhol: Marilyn Monroe and James Dean Dress’, 1991, Morphew

There are many iconic designs in the history of fashion, however there are not that many iconic prints. Second only to Schiaparelli's lobster dress does one print stick in the fashion psyche as the Marilyn James Dean Warhol print by Gianni Versace. Gianni's pop art collection spoke to the revivalist spirit of the early 90s, a time when the world was looking to the past for it's sense of purpose. The heavy blacks and grays shrouded the fashion industry in mourning and Gianni gave the industry just the kick of youthful exuberance crossed with nostalgia it needed. Poetically via a print of two personalities who passed tragically before their time. This dress is in mint wearable condition made from a thin spandex/poly meant to show the body.

Image rights: Image courtesy of Morphew.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States