A Geometric Elegance

May 24, 2008 • Magazine

A Geometric Elegance

A Geometric Elegance

Sat, 2008-05-24 10:00

Bonnie J Brown

Distinctive shapes, bold colors and straight lines; the look for fall 2008 is calling on a fashion era when looking good was its main objective. The roaring 20’s, the flapper, the Chrysler Building, Cubism, Art Nouveau (and a number of other art movements) are all images and themes that may come to mind when the phrase ‘Art Deco’ is brought to attention. Art Deco is a term that defines a movement of art, architecture, interior design and fashion that was delicate and elegant in nature, but created from distinctive lines and shapes. This style is emerging once again in small elements on the runway and can be seen in Marc Jacobs’ suiting, Dior’s Jazz Club collection and most notably in Elie Saab’s geometric dresses.

Yet, unlike today’s smattering of symmetrical designs and geometric contours, Art Deco during the 1920’s and 30’s was a lifestyle and nobody seemed to identify with this better than Romain de Tirtoff, otherwise known as Erte. During his multifaceted career, Erte helped define what we know as Art Deco through his paintings, sketches, sculptures, stage designs, magazine covers (he made his break into the fashion industry working at Harper’s Bazzar), and costumes. However, he is most notably remembered for his fashion designs. The delicate, yet always glamorous silhouette seemed to transform a woman’s body intoan Art Deco masterpiece. The straight lines created an elegance that had women longing to wear his creations.

Much like Erte, Saab’s 2008 fall ready-to-wear line is truly reminiscent of an elegance that hasn’t been seen since the Art Deco era ended. And I for one am thrilled to see a reemergence of an era when its one and only intention was to be modern, exude elegance and still be able to work in everyday life.

1. Marc Jacobs Ready to Wear 2008 style.com
2. Elie Saab Ready-to-Wear 2008 style.com
3. Elie Saab Ready-to-Wear 2008 style.com
4. Erte Dress Design erte.com
5. July, 1938 Harper’s Bazaar Magazine Design erte.com
6. Erte Painting of Stage Design Entitled “Diamonds and Pearls”
7. Erte Costume Design erte.com

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