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Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede

7 March - 14 June 2015

Mint Museum Uptown 

at Levine Center for the Arts


Halston pictured in his new boutique Halston Ltd. with partners Frances Stein and Joel Schumacher Photo from Vogue November 1968    
   Andy Warhol at a party with Mick Jaggar and model Penelope Tree  Photo from Life April 1968


Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede is a captivating exhibition that, for the first time, unites the work of the two legendary men, offering a unique perspective on the intersections between their lives and creative practice. Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in collaboration with Lesley Frowick (the niece of Halston), Silver and Suede integrates approximately 40 of Halston’s creations, including the iconic pillbox hat designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and his signature Ultrasuede shirt dress, with a broad selection of paintings, photographs, and videos by Warhol. It also features a variety of archival material and ephemera that further links the two men both creatively and socially and explores their shared influences and interests.


Warhol met Halston through fashion illustrator Joe Eula, with whom he collaborated in 1972 on the production of Halston’s fashion show for the Coty Awards at Lincoln Center. The two subsequently became close friends and colleagues who famously socialized with each other while also exerting a strong influence on each other’s work. Halston collected Warhol’s work which he displayed both in his 63rd Street townhouse and was, himself, a subject portrayed by Warhol in video, painting and photography. He often used patterns inspired by Warhol’s paintings in his designs. In 1979 Warhol dedicated a chapter of his book, Andy Warhol’s Exposures, to Halston, describing him as the “first All-American fashion designer.” The two remained close friends and colleagues until Warhol’s death in 1987.  An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Generous sponsorship support has been provided by the Mint Museum Auxiliary and the Young Affiliates of the Mint. 


The exhibition at the Warhol Museum





Andy Warhol 

A trailer for the documentary Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston  

Source: http://exhibitions.warhol.org/halston/ 

The Andy Warhol Museum

  Archival film footage showing Andy Warhol making a silkscreen painting
Source: http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/multimedia/videos/122#ixzz3F1NfkoUt 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Great Halston from People magazine    Warhol's obituary from The New York Times 
Watch a Halston 1980 runway show here    The Warhol Museum  
When Fashion Met Art: Andy Warhol & Halston's Decades Long Friendship   Read The New Yorker article "Top of the Pops: Did Andy Warhol Change Everything?" 
View the Halston collection at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology   Read "A One Man Market" from Intelligent Life 








Created by Joyce Weaver, Librarian for The Mint Museum