"The Souper Dress"

Date: 1966–67

Culture: American

Medium: paper

Dimensions: Length at CB: 32 in. (81.3 cm)

Credit Line: Purchase, Isabel Schults Fund and Martin and Caryl Horwitz and Hearst Corporation Gifts, 1995

Accession Number: 1995.178.3


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 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 1966–67 were throwaways, open to advertising and the commercial.