New York: Interview Enterprises and Fiorucci, 1979. Tabloid, publisher's stapled color-printed newsprint wraps; large color-printed paper shopping bag with nylon mesh inset to die-cut cut-out (measures 20" x 13" unopened); men's medium color-printed Rayon Hawaiian shirt; large color-printed Rayon scarf (measures 25" x 25").
"Enrich your life with Fiorucci": Kenneth Anger goes shopping! Christmas 1979 issue of Andy Warhol's influential culture magazine Interview, with Priscilla Presley as cover star, inscribed by Warhol, in black marker on the cover, at the NYC Fiorucci store on East 59th Street, to underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger ("to Ken / Andy Warhol"), with two items of clothing Anger purchased at Fiorucci the same day, and with the original Fiorucci shopping bag. Anger, the provocative filmmaker of such short films as "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome," "Scorpio Rising," and "Lucifer Rising," as well as author of the louche gossip cult classic Hollywood Babylon, went to the store specifically to see longtime frenemy Warhol, who was in residence signing copies of the latest issue of his magazine, the Christmas issue. While there, Anger purchased a Hawaiian shirt, as well as one of the iconic Italian fashion label's color-printed scarves (this one featuring an illustration of a gas station on a mountain road). All were packaged for him in an oversized, color-printed Fiorucci paper grocery bag. Anger, who was accompanied that day by playwright ("The Bed," "West of the Moon"), Factory regular, and Greenwich Village archivist and historian Robert Heide, had to return to LA the next day. Not wanting to travel with excess baggage, and perhaps harboring animosity towards the more successful Warhol (according to Anger's biographer, he went so far as to paint-bomb Warhol's recently vacated apartment building a few months after this meeting), Anger made a gift of his purchases to Heide, who has owned them since. "Until it closed its doors in 1984, Fiorucci was a haven for artists, designers, cool kids and anyone who wanted to be involved in it all. But it also came to stand for something larger: a mecca where people danced during the day, shoppers paraded around like they were in a fashion show and celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Cher and Jacqueline Onassis came for the scene...Fiorucci was what many referred to as 'a daytime Studio 54' — a store that came to represent a unique aesthetic at a specific cultural moment" (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/t-magazine/fiorucci-new-york-store-history.html). Minor edgewear to magazine, with center signature detached; some wear to shopping bag, missing its handles; a few small patches of age-wear to scarf. A glamorous, late 70s NYC time capsule, connecting several figures at the nexus of art, commerce, and the underground. Item #4575