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February 22, 2019

Campbell's Souper Dress


1966-7; screen print on cotton paper; in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose description of the piece follows.


As art historian Marco Livingstone has stressed, Pop Art was never a circumscribed movement with membership and manifestos.

Rather, it was a sensibility emergent in the 1950s and rampant in the 1960s.

Andy Warhol (who began his career as a fashion illustrator) had been painting Campbell's soup cans since 1962.

Such advertising icons, along with cartoons and billboards, yielded a synthesis of word and image, of art and the everyday.

Fashion quickly embraced the spirit of Pop, playing an important role in its dissemination.

The paper dresses of 1966-7 were throwaways, open to advertising and the commercial.

February 22, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


I was given a pretty flowered paper dress when I was in sixth grade. I wore it to school (of course) and it tore at recess (of course) so I had to wear my sweater all day. And it was hot out.

The things that stay with us....

Posted by: Ms. Radoo | Feb 23, 2019 9:27:59 AM

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