What I wore to the Andy Warhol exhibition

by Sylvia

dressing for Andy Warhol exhibiton

On Sunday I visited a fantastic exhibition of Andy Warhol. Already a fan of his artwork, I’m now even more impressed!

You may already know this, but here are some interesting facts about his life and work that I had forgotten:

  • He was born to working class Slovakia born parents.
  • He was quite sickly as a child and he spent large amounts of time drawing in his bed.
  • He actually started as a fashion illustrator. Editors loved him for his brilliant work, but also because he was very willing to change the drawings and do exactly what the editors wanted.
  • He later did a lot of shoe illustrations and advertising work for shoes.
  • He created time capsules. Basically he put everything that had inspired him during a particular time in a box. I was able to see the contents of one of those boxes, which was full of pictures, newspaper clippings and magazines. I was particularly impressed by the magazines. Even the cover of the Seventeen magazine looks so artful and stylish! He had 612 finished time capsules!
  • His studio “The Factory” was completely silver coloured and covered in aluminium foil.
  • He was almost killed in 1968 when he got shot by Valerie Solanas. Perhaps I did not know about this as Robert F. Kennedy got shot only 2 days later, which got all the coverage.
  • He painted many rich people for portait commissions in the 1970s.
  • He founded Interview Magazine.
  • He got back into painting again after being influenced by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
  • He died quite unexpectedly from a routine gallbladder operation in 1987.
  • In his will he dictated that his estate go towards the “advancement of the visual arts”.

Andy Warhol artworks

Of course he is very famous for turning very ordinary products into pieces of art. Here is what he said on the subject:

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca-Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca-Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca-Cola, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”

The importance of art

I have come back from this exhibiton with a renewed sense of awe for artists and determined to visit more art exhibitons. I really liked what one of my favorite designers, Tina Tan-Leo from Alldressedup, had to say about the importance of art in a recent Harper’s Bazar Singapore:

“Art keeps you dreaming and allows for a beautiful and creative outlet of expression out of the box. It pushes you to be different and counter the routine of life. Art frees one’s mind and ultimately enriches the soul”

About the outfit

Andy Warhol exhibiton, what I wore

I bought this layered skirt a while ago in Bali and usually wear it with something white on top. But, as you know, I want to wear more colour so I combined it with my MPhosis red top. Unfortunately, I forgot to straighten the skirt before taking the pictures, so the drapes look a bit unbalanced. Normally the drapes fall at the same point as the drapes of the red shirt start, giving it a very balanced look with this top. My hair looks very messy in the wind too! My black and white necklace is proving to be a real winner. I find that it suits so many outfits!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend? What inspired you this weekend and what did you wear?

1 Kim, USA

Hello gorgeous!


2 Kim, USA

Do I have to register to vote? I like to vote can I do it many times? Or just once? ^_^

3 Sylvia

Yes, unfortunately, you will need to register. But after that you can vote multiple times!

4 Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

Thank you for all the info about Warhol – there’s a lot I didn’t know, and I enjoyed his quote about his “everyday” art pieces. And you look fantastic in your red top and feminine skirt – thanks for sharing with Visible Monday : >

5 Sylvia

Thanks Patti!

6 Joni@WalkingColors

Great information on Warhol! the exhibit must have been fun to see.
I was finally inspired this weekend to do some gardening. I even made time to purchase a new/vintage polyester shirt!

7 Sylvia

It was great fun indeed. This man was so talented!

8 Terri

What amazing summer style. How interesting to read about Warhol and these boxes. I’ve read his diaries, but had not known about the boxes. Would love to take a peak.

9 Sylvia

The boxes are true treasures. In fact I’m all inspired by retro now. More on that soon!

10 Heather Fonseca

Wonderful post. I love andy warhols quote. It’s so true.
Your outfit is fabulous and so perfect for an art exhibit. I don’t know how you manage to make flat sandals look so chic, elegant and sexy but it makes me want to try and wear more flats in my posts.

11 Sylvia

Thanks Heather! Good to read that you find the sandals elegant. Flat sandals are still my go-to shoes when I do any amount of walking. I find that it gives this outfit a nice casual look as well.

12 Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell

I really like all the drapes in this outfit. It looks great on you.

13 Sylvia

thanks Debbi!

14 Kathleen Lisson

Thanks for that info on Warhol!

15 Sylvia

You are welcome 🙂

16 Greetje Kamminga

Thanks for the Andy information. Is nice to know. I like the top, necklace and the flat shoes. Very nice strappy sandals. The skirt is not really my thing, but the outfit looks nice on you. I have been walking through Rome for the past 4 days and no way you could wear high heels there. Only very few women wore high heels; I spotted about 10 woman in 4 days, which is nothing, really. I always thought that, no matter what the pavement was like, a woman in Rome would wear high heels. Well, if they ever did, then they got wiser.

17 Sylvia

I know, it’s impossible there. I hope you came home with some wonderful finds? In Singapore it’s the same thing really. The shops are full with those really high heels, but when you walk around Singapore, you see very few women wearing them…

18 The Style Crone

Sylvia, I love this outfit on you. The layers, the color, the wind in your hair.

I read somewhere that art speaks that which words cannot. I find that to be true for me. Art give meaning to life!

19 Sylvia

Beautifully said Judith!

20 mytjriftycloset

Great summery colors…red looks fabulous on you. It’s a nicely balanced outfit…you put the color accents at all the right places. The drapes on your top and skirt adds dimension to your outfit…all the layering looks great with your sandals


21 Sylvia

Thanks Mongs!

22 Melanie

You look fantastic – the perfect thing to wear to Warhol – red and white. I love the mirroring of the draping in the skirt and top. And no wonder you wear that necklace all the time – such a great piece! I think the world would stop spinning without art and beauty. Great post.

23 Sylvia

Thanks Melanie!

24 Robert

I’ve learned a few things about Andy Warhol that i didn’t know. What a remarkable man!
Love your outfit! I especially love your skirt! I think that red top and the black and white necklace really makes the outfit. I’ve got a pair of flat sandals somewhat like yours and they are great for all day walking. Great post!

25 Sylvia

Thanks Robert. The skirt is actually very versatile. I created drapes but there are little ropes at the back and you can also untie them, which would turn it into a simpler layered skirt. You know how much I love versatility!

26 Robert

Thanks Sylvia! You can’t tell from just looking at it..

27 Rachel {Raw-kul}

Red and beige and white, YES! Love the colors! 🙂

28 Sylvia

Thanks Rachel!

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