Category Archives: fashion

Step Design is Something New

An interesting feature of step design use during the Art Deco period is that even though the ancient source of the inspiration was so obvious, the art, architecture and fashion garments were celebrated as something refreshingly new. Here is a silk painting obviously inspired by recent discoveries of ancient buildings found in the jungles of […]

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Art Deco in England

A box full of a semester’s worth of Art Deco Movement research has been sent to England to be assessed. Phew! I am looking forward to a month’s break but I thought you might like to see some more highly innovative fashion from the period, courtesy of Richard Martin’s book. This pink silk satin dress […]

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Art Deco Art on the Figure

Here are some more luscious garments from that MOMA book I previously posted images of. In 1927, an unknown designer has appliqued an abstract floral design on a 2 piece garment. Yes, it does look 60s ish because that’s when there was an Art Deco revival. Mariska Karasz’s 1927 appliqued silk jacket would be misinterpreted […]

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Madeleine Vionnet and Art Deco

A friend showed me this very interesting book. Its main argument is that Art Deco fashion was greatly influenced by Cubism. I found the argument contrived and not at all convincing but it didn’t stop me enjoying the wonderful images of Art Deco style garments. One of my favourite designers in the book is Madeleine […]

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Art Deco

This semester I am doing the Art History: 20th & 21st Century module with the JC School of Textile Arts. I have chosen to study the Art Deco Movement, which happened between the world wars, 1920 to 1940. It is proving to be a most interesting period to study. Since the summer I have been […]

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