VARSITY & VOGUE: OXFORD CELEBRATES WARHOL'S ICONIC STYLE



 With the hype surrounding the Ashmolean's much anticipated spring exhibition of Andy Warhol's private collection, the Oxford Fashion Society examines the influence of Warhol's aesthetic on S/S '16 collections.

ANDY WARHOL. THE FACTORY. NEW YORK CITY. 1962.
The collaborative hustle of Warhol's Manhattan loft became a microcosm for the collision of art and fashion. It defined a modernity that would transform the landscape of aesthetics and style- not just through Warhol's widely documented liaisons with fashion industry legends like Halston, Betsy Johnson and Diane Von Furstenburg- but in his development of concepts that have become the driving force of the creative world even decades later, inspiring those from Jeff Koons to Jeremy Scott. Think advertising, fame, the commercial value of names, graphic print, bohemianism and fashion filmography...
The Spring/Summer 16 collections at Marc Jacobs, Moschino, A.P.C., Acne, Gucci, Diane Von Furstenburg paid homage to Warhol, in the form of gold lames, 70s silks, patent and white leather bikers, bleached hair, monochrome stripes, and garish pop-art advertising.
GET THE LOOK: Grab yourself a pair of Converse new collection chuck taylors featuring an array of Warhol's signature prints, style a simple Petite Bateau breton tee with black leathers from Whistles, check out the cult salon Bleach in Dalston and Topshop London, get your hands on Moschino's newest eau de toilette "Freshest Couture".

EXHIBITION DETAILS:
"This spring exhibition presents, for the first time in public, an important private collection of works by Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Cultural icon, celebrity and provocateur, Warhol produced images which are instantly recognizable, but this exhibition, through the lens of a private collection, also reveals an unfamiliar side to the artist in his less well-known works. The exhibition features over a hundred works from the Hall Collection (USA), plus loans of artist films from the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, the exhibition spans Warhol’s entire output from iconic pieces of the 1960s Pop pioneer to the experimental works of his last decade."
4th February- 15th May 2016, entry free for Oxford University Students (bod card required upon entry).
Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays)
Access and ticket information available online at www.ashmolean.org

By Lottie Jackson


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