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The Great Gatsby is going gangbusters in the theaters, its lush Art Deco setting having a great influence on current fashion and design.

Art Deco was an influential design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s and flourished internationally during the 30’s and early 40’s. It is an eclectic style influenced by machine age imagery and materials. One of Deco’s major attributes is an embrace of technology which distinguishes it from the organic motifs favored by its predecessor Art Nouveau. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.

The fingerboard and rosette ornamentation on Luna’s all solid Art Deco guitar was inspired by Deco’s strong geometry.
artdeco neck

During its heyday Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. It was a time of energy and excitement. Folks were willing to make bold, new statements with their art, wardrobe, home decor, architecture and automobiles.

ARCHITECTURE

These were the buildings of the future: sleek, geometric, dramatic. With their cubic forms and zigzag designs, art deco buildings embraced the machine age. Yet many features of the style were drawn from ancient history. The very shape of these buildings expresses a fascination for orderly forms and primitive architecture. The early Art Deco skyscrapers suggest Egyptian or Assyrian pyramids with terraced steps rising to the top.

Perhaps the most famous example is New York’s Chrysler Building designed by William Van Alen. Briefly the world’s tallest building, the skyscraper is adorned with eagle hood ornaments, hubcaps and abstract images of cars. Other Art Deco architects used stylized flowers, sunbursts, birds and machine gears.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building detail

Chrysler Building detail

Chrysler Building Detail

Chrysler Building Detail

355 Burraud - Vancouver

355 Burraud – Vancouver

Paris Art Deco

Paris Art Deco

Mauretania 1934

Mauretania 1934

classic South Beach

classic South Beach

INTERIORS

cast iron entrance Domus on Madison NYC

cast iron entrance Domus on Madison NYC

Lobby Empire State Building

Lobby Empire State Building

metal work Chanin Building NYC

metal work Chanin Building NYC

Ventillation grille - Goelet Building NYC

Ventillation grille – Goelet Building NYC

AUTOMOBILES

A radical era in automobile design that spawned sleek, streamlined cars with unique aeronautical names.

Delahaye 175

Delahaye 175

1937 Delahaye Type 135

1937 Delahaye Type 135

The 1939 Graham "Spirit of Motion."

The 1939 Graham “Spirit of Motion.”

1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe

1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe

Deco Cadillac

Deco Cadillac

Blasolene Decoliner

Blasolene Decoliner

Not a car but a Henderson Motorcycle

Not a car but a Henderson Motorcycle

EVERYDAY OBJECTS

Deco pen

Deco pen

1930's perfume bottle

1930’s perfume bottle

Auguste Bonaz 1925

Auguste Bonaz 1925

Royal Doulton Art Deco TANGO tea set

Royal Doulton Art Deco TANGO tea set

Art Deco Paul Schreckengost Tea Pot, 1938.

Art Deco Paul Schreckengost Tea Pot, 1938.

Deco letter box

Deco letter box

FASHION
Defined by the women’s liberation movement, a prosperous economy, and key improvements in technology, all of which led to the development of a whole new way of life – a life of progressive modernity, luxury and leisure.

Greta Garbo 1920's

Greta Garbo 1920’s

Bebe Daniels

Bebe Daniels

Mariane Morehouse in Chanel for Vogue

Mariane Morehouse in Chanel for Vogue

Vogue 1928

Vogue 1928

circa 1920

circa 1920

1920's ~The Costume Heritage Museum ~ Madrid

1920’s ~The Costume Heritage Museum ~ Madrid

JEWELRY

Tiffany - Art Deco lady’s wristwatch

Tiffany – Art Deco lady’s wristwatch

Art Deco coral, diamond and emerald ear pendents by Cartier

Art Deco coral, diamond and emerald ear pendents by Cartier

Early Art Deco briolette cut aquamarine and diamond pendant, French 1920

Early Art Deco briolette cut aquamarine and diamond pendant, French 1920

Art Deco Pendant Chromium plated brass Glass French, c.1930.

Art Deco Pendant Chromium plated brass Glass French, c.1930.

French Art Deco necklace with sapphire and diamonds, c1930

French Art Deco necklace with sapphire and diamonds, c1930

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