Most tastemakers will tell you a single pair of artists ruled the 1970s: Roy Halston, who revolutionized womenswear and put American fashion on the map, and, of course, Andy Warhol. Brought together by their exuberant lifestyles, they developed a fascination for one another and a lifelong creative friendship, all of which is on display for the first time in the new exhibit Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede.
A collaboration between the Andy Warhol Museum and the Des Moines Art Center, the show mixes some of the designer’s career-defining pieces (Jackie Kennedy’s inaugural white pillbox hat, his best-selling ultrasuede shirt-dress) with Warhol’s famous portraits of Halston muses alongside photos and correspondence between the visionaries (our favorite: Halston’s b-day cards to Warhol read by singing telegram). Consider it a long-overdue document of two men’s genius, burnt by the decadence of New York in its Studio 54 heyday.
'Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede' on view May 18-August 24 at the Andy Warhol Museum