Posts Tagged ‘art deco’

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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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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These photos for car advertisements are from this website for Chrysler. You can see in the background of these advertisements, some art deco design influences. In the back of one of the ads, you can even see some of the arches of the roman aqueducts. These arches and fluidity in design can be seen in the architecture and the structure of the clothing of the twenties and thirties in this era. These Chrysler ads were from 1928,1929, and 1930.

chrysler_adsYou can even see the art deco style in the shape of the headlights and the grill on this automobile.


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The Chrysler building is one of the most well known examples of Art Deco ornamentation in building styles. It was designed my William Van Alan and still inspires designers to this day.

chrysler buildingYou can see some of the art deco inspiration in the details of this picture. The geometric shapes of circles and triangles are used to give this building a unique and bold look in the design.

Below are more examples of art deco architecture. You can find even more here.

art-deco-facadeart decoMuch of the art deco style in architecture can be seen all around the nation, but southern places like Miami are known for much of it. New York also has a lot of art deco inspired buildings still standing today.

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Art Deco

We’re starting out with the fashion and times of Art Deco. Art Deco was a movement that prevailed from 1925 until the late 1930’s. This art movement was comprised of inspiration from NeoClassicism, Cubism, and Art Nouveau. The art deco movement deals a lot with geometric shapes and balance. Much of the art is even influenced from the ancient Greek and Roman times. Artists, fashion designers, and architects took cues from the aqueducts of Rome and the ancient columns that built up the city of Greece.

I’m really fascinated by this time period. It will soon be a one hundred years ago that this style was prevalent, but it’s influences are still so obvious in the designs we see today. Art deco is really a lot about proportions and symmetry as well as this geometric look. It’s evident in architecture, in home decor, and in fashions of course.

Here are some images that show how art deco is still a heavily influencing style today.

Prada ShoesThese Prada shoes have a column like heel on the bottom with very fine detail and are accented with rows of tiny black jewels.

art-deco-wedding-invitationThese wedding invitations from The Knot took a cue from art deco lines in the background of these cards. Triangles, arches, and simple design features were used to create this elegant background.

galleryDrew Barrymore recently gave a nod to the fashions of art deco in this vintage inspired gown at her Grey Gardens aftre party. This photo: Getty Images.

lanvinLanvin used inspiration from Cubism art and Tamara de Lempicka in their fall 2007 ad campaign.

art-decoIn the fall 2008 runway show, Chanel paid high attention to geometric rhinestone details that were reminiscent of the fashions at the time. Photo: Style.com

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