When I think of Warhol I think of three things: Marilyn Monroe, Tomato Soup and his crazy platinum hair! With there being three in our family now, I thought it was the perfect time to bring this costume to life!
As an artist, I am absolutely fascinated by the works of other artists (small or largely known), and Warhol has always been a huge inspiration for me! His use of bold color and simple imagery is so eye-catching and fun!
One of the 20th century’s best-known artists, Andy Warhol made his name in the early 1960s with paintings and prints of brand name celebrities and foods ranging from Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to Coca-Cola and Campbell’s Soup. These brash, innovative works are considered icons of Pop Art, a movement that both critiqued and celebrated postwar American consumer culture. By the end of the decade, Warhol had become a celebrity in his own right, equally famous for his platinum wig and the star-studded parties he threw at his studio, the Factory, as he was for his paintings, drawings, sculpture, and films. Although he was only 58 years old when he died, he left an immense body of work that seems increasingly relevant today as the distinctions among art, entertainment, information, and spectacle continue to erode.
One of Warhol’s most iconic works of art was his silkscreen painting of Marilyn Monroe. The repetition of her face printed in bold colors gave Warhol his classic Pop Art style and is what he is known for today.
Campbell’s Tomato Soup Can
Another classic Warhol is his painting of the Campbell’s tomato soup can! He took such an ordinary, mundane object and made an eye-popping icon.
For my Marilyn Monroe costume I bought a typical Marilyn Monroe dress and wig, but made it look more like Warhol’s art by painting my skin pink! For Scarlett’s soup can, I bought a white onesie and painted it to make it look like a Campbell’s can! And then I glued a headband onto a mason jar lid for the cute little lid topper hat! And for Ian, it was easy to dress him as Warhol! I just needed a white wig, black turtle neck and round glasses!
This is another costume that I have been dreaming up for so long and I am so happy with how it came out!