Design Styles,  The Artist

Design Styles: Seriously Glamorous Designs From Art Deco Master Erte’ (Part 2)

Seriously Glamorous Erte’ – Master Art Deco Artist

Erte Illustration Art Deco orange

There was a time when I spent hours in the library combing thru old magazines in search of fashion inspiration.  I fell in love when I saw the work of Erte’.  My appreciation for Art Deco actually began by studying his covers of Harper’s Bazaar.   His ability to create dramatic mood and fantasy in his designs made it my favorite.

Graphic design took a major shift during the 1920’s Art Deco era. No artist influenced fashion and costume design, graphic design and fashion illustration more than Erte’.  He is the Master of Art Deco graphic design.

Erte photographErte’ Art Deco Master of Fashion & Costumes

A little about Erte’

Erte’ was a Russian born and Paris raised extremely gifted costume and set designer, graphic artist, jewelry and fashion designer.   Erte’ became famous for his costume designs for the Ziegfeld Follies and the Follies Bergere’ of the 1920’s & 1930’s.

When I was a child looking at costume illustrations of Erte’ in historic fashion magazines transported my mind from my tiny bedroom to fantasy locations I imagined all over the world.

Let’s take a look at his work.

Fashion Design, Illustrations & Costume Designs of Erte’

Erte sculpture Bal Tabarin Art Deco

Erte’ sculpture in bronze Bal Tabarin

Cornucopia Erte Art Deco

Erte’ sculpture in Bronze Cornucopia

Erte Harpers Bazaar Art Deco

Harpers Bazaar Magazine covers by Erte

Harper's Bazaar Erte Art Deco

Erte poster 1928 Art Deco

Evening night Erte Art Deco poster

I hope you’re inspired looking back at fabulous Art Deco design.

Erte illustration art deco

Until next time …

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  • Jamala

    This isvery interesting. .I love the art deco Era and that first sculpture was stunning! ..thanks for the crash course on Erte …I have an old art deco pic and need to get it framed..

    • Elle

      Thanks Jamala,

      Yes get that picture up on the walls. Can’t help but love Erte’. I’m aiming high I would take any Erte’ sculpture I could get my hands on.


  • Elliott Coronado

    As someone who has studied Erte’s work for almost 40 years, and lectures on his life and art, I was expecting more from the visuals in the book. I was hoping to see new images that have not been heretofore published.

    • Elle

      Wow, such expertise. I’m certain you would write an interesting opinion of Erte’s work. Can’t wait to read it.