Before Andy Warhol be Andy Warhol, in the 50’s, he was an illustrator for Harper’s Bazaar who contributed whimsical illustrations of dainty heels and colorful beauty products. Diana Vreeland, who was then fashion editor for the magazine, and her Harper’s Bazaar colleagues would call him “Andy Paperbag” because the socially awkward Warhol would bring his illustrations to the offices in a paper bag.
In 1969, after he gained fame for his Campbell’s Soup cans, Warhol decided to create the magazine that would become the vehicle for drawing the young, the famous, the rich, and the interesting into Warhol’s orbit, the Interview Magazine. André Leon Talley got his start there, as a receptionist, eventually climbing the ranks to become the magazine’s fashion editor.
It almost became de rigueur for people in the fashion industry to sit for a portrait by Warhol – Saint Laurent, Von Furstenberg, who later returned the sentiment, putting Warhol’s flowers in her 2008 resort collection, and Carolina Herrera did so.
“Death is like going to Bloomingdale’s,” Andy Warhol once proclaimed – as benign and enjoyable as a trip to New York ‘s most famous clothing emporium. August 6th Andy Warhol would turn 85 years old, maybe he celebrated it in a big summer sale in heaven 🙂
Curious and funny facts about Andy Warhol, here <3