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Designer:
James Rosenquist (American, born Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1933)
Manufacturer:
Hugo Boss (German, founded 1923)
Date:
spring/summer 1998
Culture:
German
Medium:
(a, b) DuPont Tyvek®; (c) metal; (d, e) paper
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 32 in. (81.3 cm) Length at Side Seam (b): 44 1/2 in. (113 cm) Length (c): 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) Length (d,e): 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Hugo Boss, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.431.1a–e
Not on view
This extraordinary garment represents the increasingly explicit link between art and fashion. Rosenquist's concept from Tyvek (a nonwoven fabric made from spun-bonded olefin) marries the most enduring form of menswear with the "throw away" expendability of paper. His design harks back to the brief 1960s fashion for paper dresses. The dresses with "Campbell's Soup" prints and hallucinogenic paisleys were the perfect embodiment of the Pop Art movement that he helped to pioneer.
Marking: [label] "James Rosenquist Paper Suit/Produced by HUGO BOSS/on the occasion of the exhibition/The Swimmer in the Economist/Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin/March, 1998/limited edition/1/100"

[label] "BOSS/Hugo Boss"
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