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Pop Art Influences Fashion Design & Lady Gaga?

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Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?  (collage, 1956)

Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? (collage, 1956)

Andy Warhol: "Art is what you can get away with" ...

What is POP ART?

People who are not familiar with pop art have seen its influence in one way or another; through fashion trends, products, current pop stars like Lady Gaga and of course advertising.

POP ART : a school of art that emerged in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and became prevalent in the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1960s;

Pop imitated the techniques of commercial art (as the soup cans of Andy Warhol) and the styles of popular culture and the mass media. (


Lady Gaga Pop's Art Edge

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born March 28, 1986 better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American popsinger-songwriter.

Lady Gaga's bizarre exaggerated outfits are reminiscent of a pop style. Lady Gaga wore a "meat dress". Yes a dress made of meat, to an music awards show. Uhhhh, gross....

Lady Gaga recently ended her partnership with Target for donating money to a political candidate who has spoken out against gay marriage. The store was going to carry the deluxe edition of her newest album.

Warhol representation of Marilyn Monroe

Warhol representation of Marilyn Monroe


Pop Art Beginnings

Pop Art was one of the most influential art movements of the 2oth Century. It made its first appearance in London and New York over 50 years ago.

The movement grew quickly. Pop Art has humor and commercial qualities.

Pop art played a role in the revival of printmaking particularly in the U.S. in the 1960’s.

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Five hardcore Pop Artists emerged from New York City. These five artists employed a hard commercial edge Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselman, James Rosenquist, and Class Oldenberg

Soup Cans as Art?

Andy Warhol is of course the most famous and well known figure of pop art.

Warhol’s Marilynn Monroe prints and Campbell’s Soup cans are burned in most people’s consciousness and immediately recognizable images of pop art.

Warhol used commercial silk screening techniques to create identical mass produced items on canvas. In the 1960’s he produced Coca-Cola bottles and sculptures of Brillo boxes.

Warhol died in New York after a gallbladder operation 1987. He was born in Pittsburgh and there is a museum in Pittsburgh dedicated to him today.

One well known pop artist from Britain Richard Hamilton is known as the father of the pop art movement in Britain. One of Hamilton’s well known works was his collage

Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?

Made in 1965 this Collage is one of the earliest definitive Pop works. This work has themes of photography, cinema, TV, advertising, comic strips, consumer products, and brand names.

Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist well known for his comic book prints. He created whimsical reproduction of works he admired such as Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom.

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Warhol Campbell Soup Dress



In the 60’s Andy Warhol inspired a Campbell’s soup dress. These dresses were produced by Campbell's Soup as an effective advertising campaign when paper dresses were all the rage.

This A-line dress is printed with the Campbell's Soup red, black and white labels. At the back of the neckline is the original attached label that reads: "The Souper Dress/No Cleaning/ No Washing/ It's carefree fire resistant unless washed or cleaned/To refreshen, press lightly with warm iron/80% Cellulose, 20% Cotton".

The boutique clothing store emerged in the 1960s had a Pop influence.
Color played a big role with bright, bold color often splayed in geometric patterns.

Speaking of bold colors, Remember Jackie Kennedy’s bold pink suit?

Today Pop influences mainstream fashions like countless popular graphic t-shirts designs in any department store, As well as high end accessories and jewelry.

Fashion designer Tommy Hillfiger says pop influenced his bright color choices in some collections.

For example Thomas Sabo, a Germany-based sterling silver brand, has released its Spring/Summer 2011 collection and pop art is its muse. Drawing inspiration from celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson and Madonna, the collection is called Pop Now


Beginning in the 1950’s and 60’s, the original Pop Artists began to use innovative techniques to turn ordinary commercial imagery into catchy and popular art for the masses.

Advertisers love to use the word “POP”...Pop tarts, Pop Secret, Corn Pops, Pop Chips…

Pop Art influence is present in today’s commercials.

The Target bulls eye logo, and Target commercials strike me as very POP.

Also campy Old Navy commercials have pop themes as well.

My Iron-on T-shirt Image of Twiggy


Add some POP to your life

Pop art is easily accessible, cool, exciting and relatable.

Make Your Own T-Shirt

If you find a Pop Art image you really like print it on t-shirt transfer paper, which can be found in the printing/office supply section at any store.Then iron the transfer onto a plain t-shirt or bag.

Make your own Pop Art collage! Use Magazines, Pictures, postcards, photos, notes, a poem, or a page of a favorite book. Great activity for the kids too!

Go online to find cool Pop art prints, or design your own on a website like:

  • Very inexpensive prints are available.
  • You can customize your own photos (great gift idea)
  • Your photo turned into art Get 3 Free previews of the work

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b4murray (author) from Massachusetts on June 16, 2011:

Thanks Jane... Traffic to my hubs is very low, and a few months ago I saw this hubs traffic had gone up quite a bit.

I was like what's going on?

Then I realized it had been featured on the front page :)

Jane Bovary from The Fatal Shore on June 15, 2011:


I love this hub and think the way it's been presented is very original.


katrinasui on June 02, 2011:

Beautiful hub! I like pop art.

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b4murray (author) from Massachusetts on May 18, 2011:

Thanks webstudio2ucom, I think pop art will always be relevant.

b4murray (author) from Massachusetts on May 18, 2011:

Yes Thanks random creative Lady Gaga seems very "Poppy" to me:)

webstudio2ucom from Baltimore, Maryland on May 18, 2011:

POP ART - this is a very emotional direction, somewhere in erotic and sexual, somewhere inspiring. I've always admired them! Thank you

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 17, 2011:

Neat idea for a hub! I love that you included Lady Gaga.

b4murray (author) from Massachusetts on March 15, 2011:

Thanks all for the comments... Sorry I haven't responded to all comments individually. I appreciate everyones feedback :)

masaru on March 14, 2011:

thank you ^_^ on March 13, 2011:

Thank you for the this post. It's great to see artists like Wesselman and Rosenquist mentioned along with the heavy-weights you've written more extensively. Pop Art was really fascinating in that it looked at what was looking at us - media. And while it continues to garner criticism, by nature of its subject matter, for being lightweight, you can see Pop roots in many of today's most important artists: Gerhardt Richter, Damien Hirst, Banksy amongst them. Lady Gaga... While her meat dresses and eccentric couture are predicated on Dada, Pop and punk underground art movements - I have to applaud her for taking the initiative to bring art into the pop(music) conversation.

SUSANJK from Florida on March 13, 2011:

Great Hub. I love the pics. I have always enjoyed pop art.

JLClose from OreGONE on March 12, 2011:

Great info... I remember learning a bit about pop art in high school art class a loooooong time ago. :0)

Pop art on March 12, 2011:

Love it or hate it...pop art is everywhere... Nowadays even street artists claim their influence from pop artists the 60's

b4murray (author) from Massachusetts on March 11, 2011:

Wow his cousin, I admire his work... I may add more info regarding it to this hub.


Jodis from UK on March 11, 2011:

Great hub, and interesting read...Richard Hamilton is my cousin, so it's always good to read an article which includes his work and acheivements. I think Lady Gaga shows a uniquely creative intelligence...I love her image and music. Thank you.

Emma from Houston TX on March 11, 2011:

Creative piece of work,thanks for sharing this colorful work .

pertibha321 from india on March 10, 2011:

i think to get success in pop art the person should think different way or i should say wrong way.By the way i loved this hub and writing of the author.

alex on March 09, 2011:

how does she think of all the different crazy things. that's what i wanna know haha

b4murray (author) from Massachusetts on March 09, 2011:

Yes Lady Gaga is unique. It must be exhausting keeping up with all the outfits

tutorialsguides07 from Newyork on March 08, 2011:

I guess lady gaga is a fashion statement in herself.

Nobody can copy her successfully or imitate her for long as she comes of a unthinkably ugly wardrobe every single time. Her feminism has been criticized too.

Ian Hudson from Sheffield, England on March 08, 2011:

Great Hub.

I used to hate Warhol's work, but as I become more interested in art, it is clear he was talented. Not only as an artist, but talented at grabbing the medias attention. His Monroe prints are as famous as she is.

Warhol's work still has a massive influence on people today, I have created a self portrait in an Andy Warhol fashion. This is on my Hub, Ian Hudson fine art. :)

make your voice deeper on March 07, 2011:

Nice hub. I don't think lady gaga has too much influence on people fashion wise. I don't see kids walking around with "meat dresses" on.haha but don't get me wrong, she established herself as a fashion icon and did it quickly too. I applaud the courage she has to get up on stage and be different, with her fashion and music both.

Keep up the hubs. Voted up

Los Angeles Acting Class on March 07, 2011:

Very interesting. So strange Warhol's museum is in Pitt. Almost as strange as the Dali museum being in St. Pete.

Web designer Lt on March 07, 2011:

Thanks, imahineflash

b4murray (author) from Massachusetts on March 07, 2011:

thanks joe, I think Warhol will always be in style...

Joe Bagori from Federal Hill, Providence on March 07, 2011:

Fun hub, rekindled great memories of Warhol works regarding Muhammad Ali.

b4murray (author) from Massachusetts on February 27, 2011:

Thanks Yes Warhol was strange... It would be interesting to visit his museum in Pittsburgh someday

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on February 27, 2011:

I liked your hub....Andy Warhol was a very strange genius....I do not think Lady Gaga will have the same lasting effect as Hamilton and Warhol....voted up

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