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After Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 67811
Souper Dress, ie. circa 1965

Screenprint, on cellulose and cotton
38 х 22 in. (96.52 x 55.88 cm.)
Unsigned, as issued
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1965
Foundry/Publisher Campbell's Soup Company
Lot description
This is the classic Warhol "Souper Dress" which is in the permanent collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Andy Warhol Museum. This superb piece of Sixties conceptual art was also exhibited at a 2000 Whitney Museum exhibition focusing on Warhol's contribution to fashion, and the image is reproduced in the monograph, The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion, by Mark Francis, New York 1997.

It is a silkscreen dress that was sold by Campbell's Soup as a nod to the throwaway, "carefree" culture of the 1960's. The Souper Dress is an early, and indeed iconic example of the convergence of fashion, high art, advertising and industry- and is well recognized as a collectors item. This A-line dress is printed with the Campbell's Soup red, black and white labels. Other than the numerous paper folds, which are part of the design, this Warhol silkscreen in excellent condition. It has never been hemmed or altered, and has no rips or tears. It is also very rare to find this vintage work of art in such good condition.

While the edition is unknown, many women in the Sixties took the instructions on the affixed label literally and disposed of these valuable dresses after wearing; thus, the Souper Dress is increasingly scarce and valuable, especially in this fine condition with no alterations. Nowadays these iconic and highly collectible pieces are often framed or exhibited in plexi boxes. A must-have for serious Warhol fans and collectors and a superb conversation piece.
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