When I think of Art Deco, my thoughts immediate go to Romain de Tirtoff, who worked under the name of Erté. He was a Russian-born French designer who had a very long career. Honestly I have mixed feelings about his portrayal of femininity. Sometimes I feel like the use of such opulent, extravagant decoration overshadows the humanity of his subjects (mostly women). However, the other side of me admires his flamboyant and exotic style. He worked for Harpers Bazaar and designed over 250 magazine covers from 1915-1937. He was a huge force in fashion, graphic arts, interior décor, costume/set design and even jewelry. He continued to work until shortly before his death in 1990 at the age of 97!
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