SPROUSE WINS RIGHTS TO USE WARHOL IMAGES
NEW YORK — Brillo-box boleros and Campbell’s soup-can suits?
Stephen Sprouse has been awarded the rights to use the late Andy Warhol’s work for all categories of women’s and men’s apparel and footwear.
Sprouse, who has been in and out of the apparel business since his first business bowed in the Seventies, is now looking for licensing deals that will allow him to produce a variety of categories incorporating Warhol’s artworks. Sprouse said he would like to start the project with a designer-price line for women and men.
After that, he plans to branch out to other businesses, including jeans, lingerie, swimwear and T-shirts.
Sprouse, a friend of Pop progenitor Warhol, who died in 1987, has admitted to being inspired by the artist for other collections, including a Day-Glo camouflage print he used in a 1987 group.
“Andy and I talked about my clothes and his artwork,” said Sprouse Monday, from the Andy Warhol Foundation, where he was doing research for his designs. “We finally just decided to do it.”
Sprouse’s most recent apparel collection was a small group produced exclusively for Barneys New York last year that lasted only one season.
Other recent projects included a stint as curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where he designed the mannequins as well as the staff uniforms.