I bought this lovely book on Art Deco fashion illustration, published in 1976, last month while out and about with my sisters, and it is just so gorgeous I had to share it!
From the inside dust jacket: ‘Even for the most jaded eyes, the collections of 1911 must have been a dazzling spectacle. After hesitating at the crossroads of fashion since the arrival of the Ballets Russes, the most influential of the French couturiers plunged boldly down a new thoroughfare, clearly marked “To Mecca.” Paul Poiret’s harem pantaloons, lampshade tunic and simple, flowing gowns dramatically freed the fashionable woman from the shackling corsets of the Belle Epoque and, with Georges Lepape’s beautiful album Les Choses de Paul Poiret, heralded the Art Deco revolution in both fashion and fashion illustration.
This design revolution, which encompassed the whole field of fashionable life and the decorative arts, was promoted by the exclusive, limited-edition fashion magazines of the time in their skillfully written editorials and attractively presented illustrations. With the aid of extracts from these articles and 100 full-color reproductions of these increasingly rare, hand-stencilled fashion plates, Julian Robinson evokes the fashionable atmosphere of the period and captures the visual excitement of these creative golden years.’
If you love art deco and fashions from the periods of 1901-1939, and you find this book, it is definitely worth buying! Packed with information and absolutely stunning photographs and illustrations, it is a real joy to read and look at.