Designer: James Rosenquist (American, born Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1933)

Manufacturer: Hugo Boss (German, founded 1923)

Date: spring/summer 1998

Culture: German

Medium: (a, b) DuPont Tyvek®; (c) metal; (d, e) paper

Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Length at Side Seam (b): 44 1/2 in. (113 cm)
Length (c): 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Length (d,e): 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of Hugo Boss, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.431.1a–e


This extraordinary garment represents the increasingly explicit link between art and fashion. Rosenquist's concept from Tyvek® (a nonwoven fabric made from spun-bonded olefin) marries the most enduring form of menswear with the "throwaway" expendability of paper. His design harks back to the brief 1960s fashion for paper dresses. The dresses with Campbell Soup prints and hallucinogenic paisleys were the perfect embodiment of the Pop Art movement he helped to pioneer.