Art Deco was a varied style which drew upon many
sources. It mirrored the human requirement for delight and escape, giving an
advanced point of view on life. In addition , it influenced our future and of
course gave us the opportunity to produce landmarks that continue to exist till
today. Another great fact about the Art Deco style is , that cityscapes and wealthy
homes around the globe became redesigned with this new form. ‘Art Deco was a celebration of life in its most
‘Art Deco was a
festival of life in its most luxurious form’.
Compacts were very prevalent and came in a wide range
of materials to suit all financial plans. “Cartier, Van Clee?f von Ar?pels and Bouche?ron were top class jewelery creators that like made
dazzling compacts in gem enc?rusted g?old and silver, in snaz?zy Art Deco plans. Different materials utilized could
be Mother of Pearl or Butterfly wing”.
Cloche hats weren’t only to keep warm. They were worn
for each event including weddings and partying the night away. The quintesse?ntial headgear for the flapper of the 1920s, the
cloche was a chime formed cap worn low finished the head, relatively down to
the eyes. It was a spectacular
way for keeping warm motoring around the farmland in those brilliant open
topped autos. The zig zag pieces were also applied to them , in order to match
with the zig zag stiches of the flapper dresses.
Art Deco Fashion was one of the major artistic impacts
of the 1920s and 30s and the looks persevere through today as the absolute most
well know?n styles ever. “The Paris fashion industry in the 1920s was worth 2.5
billion francs in trades an?d had its own particular structu?re at the Art Deco Expo devoted to “La
Parure”, a word which summoned ornamentation and excellence. Three noteworthy Paris couturiers were on the leading
group of coordin?ators, Jeanne Lanvin, Jean Paquin and Paul Poiret” and they guaranteed that the presentations of
fashion, accessories, gems and scents were a “tour de force” of great
There were plenty of colors associated with the Art
Deco style in the 1920?s.”A? strange orange , deep blue , black , dark red and
gold were inspired by the Bllets Russes. Also the Aztec green , the corals and
an off-white were often associated with undyed fleece”. The above were the effect of the American Indians ,
while the different shades of gold were taken from the American Egyptian art.
The most well-known Mesoamerican impact in Art Deco architecture,
decorative arts and design is the ziggu?rat, or ventured pyramid form. We can
when contrasting the Mayan Ziggur?at” with the highest point of the Paramount Building.
The greatest Mesoamerican influen?ce in Art Deco architecture, decorative arts and
design is the ziggurat, or the stepped pyramid style. This can seen when comparing the Mayan “Zigg?urat to the top of the Paramou?nt Building. It is also known that decorative embellishments emulate Mesoamerican
sculptural alleviation as we observe when we
the Azt?ec relief to the relief of the GE ?Building.
If we try to compare the geometric shapes of the
tribal African ceremonial textile to the base of the “McG?raw Hill Building, we notice many similarities. The
windows, doors and decora?tive features of this building look very simil?ar to the ba?sic geometric forms of the textile. We can also
observe that the Art Deco style borrows the formal qualities of the African
tribal furnit?ure , when we the ‘Ashanti Ghana Stoo’l to the stool
of ‘Pierre Legrain'”.
The Art Deco style also appeared in the graphic arts, as
soon as it started expanding. Firstly , appeared in Paris in the posters and
some costume designs , such as Leon’s Bakst and “Ballets’ Russes. The illustrations of Georges Barbier,
and Georges Lepape and the images in one of the most famous fashion magazines ,
the ‘La Gazette” “du bon ton’ ,adopted the elegance and sensuality of
the style. In the 1920s, the look chan?ged, as the fashions stressed were more casual, sportive
and brave, with the lady models often smoking cigarettes. American magazines
referring to fashion, like air and Harper’s Bazaar” immediately adopted the new style and propelled it in
the United States. It also affected the work of American book illustrators such
as Roc?kwell Kent. In addition , Japanese woodblock prints,
had become a major source of influence for the Western artists, especially in Europe.
The subsequent influx of art from Japan , had a great impact to Europe. Concretely,
artists found in the formal simplicity of woodblock prints a mo?del , from which they could create their
own modern styles , such as Impressionist.
The Art Deco period was also the start?ing point of time , when the tourism and travel
started increasing rapidly.(e.g. automobiles , airplanes and trains) Also in
the new style , hotels of all types of categories were built , but most luxury
o?nes were observed to ado?pt this new style of architecture and decoration , for
example the “Waldorf-Astoria
in New York City”, that was built in 1929 and was the tallest and
largest hotel in the world when it was built.
Streamline Moderne was an assortment of Art Deco which
developed amid the mid-1930s. The architectural style was simpler and less
embellishing than prior Art Deco structures, more tuned with the Great
Depression. Structures in the style frequently looked like land bound boats,
with rounded corners, long flat lines, iron railings, and at times nautical characteristics.
The San Francisco “Mar?itime Museum (1936) , which was a public bath house ,
was a good example as also the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles. Modern
aerodynamics affected the style and decoration. The shape of cars , trains and
ships had the shape of a bull?et”.
Furthermore , the Art Deco style was used for the decoration
of the interior and exterior of the skyscrapers , as zigzag an?d geometric shapes were observed. Also another great
landmark of the Art Deco style was th?e “RCA Victor Building that was constructed by John
Walter Cross. From top to its bott?om , it was covered with many geometric sha?pes and some zigzag patterns as well. The Art Deco
style of skyscrapers was usually used for corporate office buildings but in the
course of time it was also used for some government buildings. For example ,
the city halls of California , New York and Buffalo were built in this style.
Finally , the distingu?ishing features of the style are simple , clean sh?ape , often with a streamline look”.
First of all , a very important fact is that, the Art
Deco style originated in Fr?ance and specifically in Paris , where not very high
buildings were observed. This fact was the reason that the United States soon started
building tall and impressive buildings. “The first skyscrapers were built in Chicago in the
1880s in the neoclassical style. The new Art Deco was also used to build other
great buildings in New York in the 19?20s , the Empire State Building and the Chry?sler Building. The Empire State building was the
tallest building in the world for approximatel?y forty years.”
To begin with , we
should say that , generally the Art Deco basically refers the movement in
decorative arts. The Roaring Twenties was ?????the period of time? , when “the Western culture started to evolve rapidly and
concurrently in a great way during and around the 1920s. It was a period that the
majority of people were pretty rich as that?? period of time , jobs were developing. Also a
distincti?ve cultural edg?e in the United ?States was observed, partic?ularly in major cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles
and in Ne?w? York City. The unique art movement of this period attracted the
imagination of nations all over the world. Generall?y the Art Deco style originated in Fran?ce before the World W?ar I”. It had a great effect on architecture, but also on
the interior decoration of the buildings in the United States in the 1920s and
1930s. The greatest and most famous examples were the skyscrapers of New York,
including the Empire State B?uilding and the Chrysler Building.