One of the leading artists and influencers of the Art Deco period, Romain de Tirtoff also known as Erte. He lived just under a 100 years producing a huge body of work in the 20th century, capturing the essence of the fashion and design world in print. Erte’s talents flourished across the visual arts, including fashion, jewellery, interiors, set design and opera.
At the peak of his career he signed a contract with Harper’s Bazaar, designing over 250 covers that paved the way for fashion to be seen as a powerful tool for women in society. His work is recognisable by his use of delicate women powerfully posed and enveloped in glamorous dresses and jewellery. I find the women so striking and evocative in their couture, they almost seem like Goddesses. His imagination on design and beauty gave the arts a new meaning and significance to culture.
Below is a small selection of his work, enjoy!