In the late 1950s and 60s Andy Warhol designed dress fabric - but his creations were not nearly as successful as Picasso's ventures into textile design.
For starters, Andy Warhol designed weird things. My favorite is a series he did for Dave Bruce and Serendipity. These were mostly of big, bold images of FOOD, including giant watermelons (inked in violet and green), and then one with giant red and orange . . . pretzels.
Despite the growing culture of out-there styles and avant-garde fashion, ladies of the day shied away from moo-moos with gigantic ice cream cones. Not sexy. And not terribly attractive. But very Andy Warhol.
Supposedly Warhol originally designed the Clown, Babushka & Horse design (at right) for a greeting card. This was then perhaps modified to become gift wrap? No one really knows, but Warhol was notorious for re-purposing and reusing the same images, this clown motif being one.
Picasso and White Stag
In 1963 Picasso and White Stag, at the time the leading manufacturer of mass-produced clothing for recreational skiing, collaborated on a series of sports, outdoor and aprés ski gear.
Picasso and skiing - who knew?
This partnership generated a list of pieces that are just almost too bizarre to believe: PVC coated rainwear, ski jackets and anoraks, printed corduroy ponchos, shirts, blouses and sweatshirts, "even a hostess 'culottes' dress."
I don't have the words.
At the exhibit in Lowell they have on display the plastic coated cotton aprés ski jacket. In person it's even stranger than it sounds.
American Textile History Museum
If you find yourself in the greater Boston area before March 29th, be sure to take a trip to the American Textile History Museum. The museum itself is a particularly family-friendly place, and the presentation of the Industrial Revolution is exceptional.
And the Artist Textiles exhibit is terrific!