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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Art Deco - Part 2

CONTINUED... Please see my Art Deco - Part 1 below this post before reading Part 2

Art Deco touched everything.

Jewelry, which utilized white and yellow gold and platinum for its metals, diamonds and bold colorful jewels like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. It was all about the style and placement rather than just simple solitares.

Architecture, exemplified by the Chrysler Building and the Eiffel Tower. Notice the  sunburst patterns on the Chrysler building, or the Babylon feeling of the door, or the chevrons on the last building.

Interiors and Furniture, which used lots of mirrors, dark, glossy woods, and electrical lighting to convey a modern yet rich feel.

Even little touches, felt the effects of the streamlined Art Deco.

Advertisements, which showed the fascination for new technology and the art style of the time.

Theatre and Film Costumes emphasized the new style rather than historical accuracy. Below we see the sketch and final costume of a production of Cleopatra. While the costume might be dead wrong the sexuality is all right.

Art, too, took a sharp left turn embracing Cubism, Modernism, and Neo-Classical.
            Erte was the artistic hand behind the new highly stylized, ultra-cool Art Deco. His fashion illustrations were on the cover of fashion standards Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazar.
            While female artist, Tamara de Lempicka, presented her brightly colored and angular artworks.

In the end…

             People say fashion is just a repeat of itself but actually modern day fashion is a repeat of everything starting from the turn of the century, starting with Art Deco and the flapper girl. While Art Deco lost favor in the strictness of economy during World War II, it felt a renaissance in the 1960’s and again 1980’s. Notably, Miami constructed lots of houses using Pop Art Deco in the 1980’s.

            We feel Art Deco in Pop Art, in the streamlined curves of many modern cars, in the use of silver to express the future, and the streamlining of new technology. We see it in modern day cakes,



            and finally make-up.

            Does this look familiar?

               The bob, smoky, seductive eyes, big lashes, and dark lip all originated as part of the Art Deco generation.

So let’s give thanks to our Art Deco flapper girls who gave us the boldness and glamour of big eye make-up and daring statements!


  1. For the record I never said I disliked Art Deco, I just liked Noveau better. In fact a have a few watercolors that were inspired by looking at Erte jewelry.
    Horray for the start of heavy ass makeup!

  2. Hahaha! Ok, and I love Noveau too. Double hooray for killer makeup!