The Black Dress has been a recurrent theme in Alex Katz' work since the very beginnings. The theme of the edition goes back to one of his most iconic early paintings, which is indeed titled "Black Dress" and depicts 6 different perspectives of a woman wearing a classical, Breakfast-at-Tiffany like black shift dress. This paintings dates from 1960 and is owned by the Brandhorst collection in Munich. The actual composition for the edition refers to the original painting "Black dress" from 2010.
"Black Dress" is a series of 9 life-size, hand pulled silkscreens of some of the models Katz has painted over the years, all of them in a similar pose leaning against a yellow background and wearing a unique style of a little black dress (LBD) and black heels. All of them look elegant and classy but are at the same time posing in a relaxed and almost snobbishly manner. The edition goes back to the original painting "Black dress" from 2010 which is owned by the Brandhorst Collection in Munich. This edition is one of the most elaborated edition projects Katz has ever done, and certainly the one which is destined to become his masterpiece edition. It has all of Katz' main themes in it: the Black Dress, the Women, the Black and Yellow color blocking, the seriality and the coolness with which Katz portraits his models.