Friday, December 09, 2005

Art Deco

Art Deco is an architectural and decorative-arts style, popular from 1910 to 1940, that is characterized by highly stylized natural and geometric forms and ornaments, usually strongly symmetrical. Outstanding American examples of Art Deco are the Chrysler Building and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Some of the century's most significant artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Sonia Delaunay, and Wassily Kandinsky, produced work in the style, as did designers of furnishings, textiles, jewelry, and advertising.

The term Art Deco, coined in the 1960s when interest in the style revived, was derived from L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. This Paris exhibition of 1925 came midway in Art Deco's development and was a definitive display of the style. At this time Art Deco was also known as "Art Moderne" or "Modernistic"; later it was called "Jazz Pattern," or "Skyscraper Modern."

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Art Deco accents were everywhere in the Spring runways.

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The Ulm Münster cathedral (or actually, any other cathedral) at Louis Vuitton, Like the fluid simplicity of George Jensen at Christian Lacroix, An inverse Chrysler building at Giles Deacon

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Like Wassily Kadinsky at Chanel, A wee bit like Kazimir Malevich at Donna Karen, Versace got her inspiration from the Art Deco district in Miami's South Beach and in particular the Ocean Five Hotel for the above dress.

I am an art idiot so do forgive me. Please suggest any better references for the above pieces if you have any.