Two Warhol Silk Designs Exhibited for First Time

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol exhibition at New Lanark, an 18th century cotton-spinning mill village and one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Site, unveils two Warhol exhibits which have never been exhibited before.

The exhibition Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol traces the history of 20th century art in textiles through over 200 pieces with highlights including prints of work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Ice cream cones dresses and candy apple blouse design by Andy Warhol Photo: Neil Hanna

It includes four pieces of clothing made from printed silk textiles designed by Andy Warhol. Two dresses printed with large ice cream cones and a candy apple blouse are part of a group of food related designs which were printed by Stehli Silks, who had a long history of commissioning artists and illustrators.  Andy Warhol gave several rolls of his Stehli designs to his friend Stephen Bruce, owner of Serendipity3, the New York restaurant and boutique which specialised in classic American food and were famous for their elaborate ice cream desserts.

Dress in button design by Andy Warhol Photo: Neil Hanna

Bruce still retains a photograph of another dress from this collection, made from the ice cream cone silk, but no example of the design was known to exist, until the recent discovery of these two dresses printed in two different colour-ways. The candy apple silk blouse, made by the New York company Adelaar, is a companion Warhol Stehli food related design, and has never been exhibited before, either in the UK or internationally.

The second piece never to have been exhibited before is a dress made with Warhol’s button design textile for Leon Rosenblatt, although a multi-coloured length of cotton is already part of the exhibition.

Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread throughout New Lanark’s history, from the village’s early years as the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, to now producing over 60 shades of high-quality woollen yarn using historic textile machinery and launching the world’s first Organic Tartan in 2015.


See: Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol
26 Jan – 29 April 2018
New Lanark World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB
Open daily 10am-5pm
£9 adults, £4 children, £7 concession, child under 10 free
Tickets available from
Mill Shop & Mill Café Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm

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