Archive for the ‘Art Deco 20’s and 30’s’ Category

When I think of art deco art, two well known artists come to mind. Tamara de Lempicka was a well known artist of the time. Below is a portrait of her as well as some of her well known paintings. Her birth name was actually Maria Gorska, and she was born in Warsaw, Poland. She is well known for working in the medium of oils on canvas. Her artwork is still recognizable today and continues to inspire many designers.

Tamara de LempickaBelow is a painting titled: Portrait de Madame Alan Bott

de-lempickaThis portrait of the woman in a green dress is one of her most well known works of art.


lempickaThe portrait below is titled: Le Chemise Rose. Although Lempicka was Polish, her career really took place in Paris and her first show was launched in Milan.

lempickaAnother extremely well known artist of the times was Russian born Romain de Tirtoff who was known as Erte. His career was really launched by all of the ads he had done and the pictures he created for fashions and Harper’s Bazaar. Below is a modern paper doll book that is available with his fashions as well as a painting of his.

erteErte worked alongside designer Paul Poiret who took much of his inspiration from Oriental and Russian design. He learned couture designs and illustrations from his time there. Again, below you can see the symmetry and the geometrics used in this painting.



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lifeThis is one of the most well known covers in the history of Life magazine. This cover was released on February 18, 1926. The flapper in the picture shows off the dress, accessories, and hair style that was popular of the times. The motions in the cartoon show off dancing that was popular in the time called the Charleston.

VogueThis Vogue magazine cover was out in 1927. The cloche hat that is tight fitting to the head and the fur around the collar and cuffs were also a popular style of the times. Picture via tinypic.com

BridesThe picture above is the first ever magazine cover for Brides. It was released in 1934 and was titled “So you’re going to be Married.” It was the first ever magazine for brides of the time. This picture is from Brides.com. The first magazine sold for 50 cents and was released in the fall.

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These ads below were taken from AdAccess.com. These ads feature pictures of brides at the time in ads for beauty products, hygiene, and soap.

AdAdAdAdAs you can see in these advertisements, all of the brides have a very similar look. One of the most evident similarities is the use of lace and mesh in the veil. The veil is very indicative of the art deco era due to the close fit to the brides head. Cloche hats were very popular at the time, so it make sense that the veils worn would be similar to these fashions.


The ads below were put out on the late twenties and were used to advertise selling radios. These radios are reminiscent of the styles of the art deco era. You can see similarities in buildings and in lines that are used in the design of the radios as well. The symmetry and the arches are all influences taken from art deco.


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More art deco jewels! I think that some of this jewelry from Fay Cullen shows art deco design at its finest. It already uses the geometrics of art deco style, but this is all emphasized by the cuts of the gemstones and jewels in these pieces.

Below are some authentic art deco pieces.

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I’ve been on the hunt through every antique store in sight. I’ve dug through photos, I’ve bought old pictures, jewels, patterns, and magazines. These are just a few pictures of some of the awesome magazines and photos I’ve been able to get my hands on.

The photo below is from a savings bond ad in the Saturday morning post in the mid 1930’s. I love the flowing dress on this lady liberty. The style is evocative of  Grecian times, but it has the modern elements of the art deco style as well.

photoThe photo below is from Christmas in 1933 in a magazine from Good Stories. The details of the robe the woman is wearing can tell you what time period it is from. The details include a dropped waist, bell sleeves, and wrap style tie on the robe.

photoThe picture below is one of my favorite finds. It was also only two dollars, so I just had to pick it up! I love that the details of this early 1930’s outfit are a nod to Paul Poiret and his love of the ballet russe. The colors are vibrant and still beautiful despite being faded and old and the gemstone designs are clearly an art deco style.


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Here are some examples of various Vogue, Butterick, and magazine ads for clothing of the art deco era in the 1920’s and 30’s. You can see that these clothes are from the art deco because of the artistic structure of them. You can see that all of the lines and seams on the clothing are reminiscent of the architecture, cars, radios, and designs of the time. The design of the art deco lifestyle came together to form in the clothing as well as the life that people lead. The designs of appliances and buildings and very similar in line and composition as the clothing.

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Movies and costume designs were an important element in the late period of art deco. After the stock market crash of 1929, people looked to the glamour of the silver screen for hope and an escape from reality. Some of these stars such as Greta Garbo and Mary Pickford were important figures of these times. The picture below is of Mary Pickford with her Oscar. She was one of the first women to win an Oscar for best actress. Below those pictures are some photos of Greta Garbo starring in Matahari. Gilbert Adrian was the designer for many of the pictures, but he is also very well known for the head dresses and extravagant bead work that was featured in Matahari. There is also a poster of the movie ad shown below.

20208241You can see in the above picture, the dropped waist, the scalloped lines of the seams, and the intricate beadwork.

garboOnce again, you can see details of the cloche like hat, but all of the beadwork is very inspired by India and foreign designs.


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