September 18, 2014 / 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Anna K. Meredith Gallery and lobby
$5 admission at the door (FREE members)
5 - 6 pm / member hour
Live music / cash bar
Exhibition on view through January 18, 2015.
Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede examines the dynamic friendship between legendary
American fashion designer, Halston (b. 1932, Des Moines), and artist Andy Warhol (b. 1928,
Pittsburgh), through art, fashion, photography, video, and personal memorabilia. Born within
four years of each other, they had similar beginnings to their careers, both starting out as
window dressers for department stores before relocating to New York City where they each
found early success in their chosen fields.
Halston became the defining American fashion designer of the 1970s through his effortlessly
chic Ultrasuede shirtdresses and other sophisticated minimalist designs; while Andy Warhol
challenged the canon of high art by embracing popular culture and celebrity worship. Silver
and Suede chronicles the decades-long friendship between the two men, the similarities and
intersections in their lives and careers, and the influences they had on each other. The exhibition
will begin with Halston's hat designs for Bergdorf Goodman, including Jackie Kennedy's pillbox
hat (1961), alongside works by Warhol of Jackie during the same time. A selection of Halston
garments, loaned by major institutional and private collections, will illustrate the decades-long
connections between Warhol and Halston, who famously socialized with each other while
also exerting an influence on each other's creative practice.
Silver and Suede is co-curated by Lesley Frowick (Halston's niece), in collaboration with
Nicholas Chambers of The Andy Warhol Museum. The Des Moines presentation is organized by
Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario.
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