Designer: James Rosenquist (American, Grand Forks, North Dakota 1933–2017 New York)

Manufacturer: Hugo Boss (German, founded 1923)

Date: spring/summer 1998

Culture: German

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

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 "throw away" expendability of paper. His design harks back to the brief 1960s fashion for paper dresses. The dresses with "Campbell's Soup" prints and hallucinogenic paisleys were the perfect embodiment of the Pop Art movement that he helped to pioneer.