• Extraordinary Erté


    If you have an unhealthy obsession with the Ziegfeld Follies…

    If you dream in art-nouveau…

    If you’d like to have Alphonse Mucha over for an informal, yet classy dinner party,

    You should fall in love with Erté. You should. Believe me.

    He is one of the fathers of the Art Deco movement, and was a fashion designer to boot. Born Romain de Tirtoff in 1892, no other artist had such an influence on the 1920s and subsequent decades of fashion. His lacy intricacies and gilded filigrees have been making women drool ever since. I have to say, I prefer his illustrations, mainly because it allows me to visualize myself wearing them all the more easily.

  • Alphonse Mucha (24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939)

    One of the most interesting and distinctive Art Nouveau painters of his time and since, Mucha owes much of his remembered legacy to the diligence of his son, who spent much of his own life writing about the talent of his father. Many artists list Mucha as an influence, including one of my favorites: Stuckist painter Paul Harvey.