Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Roaring Twenties: Art Deco

Art Deco flourished after WWI, during an optimistic period known as the roaring twenties. Art Deco made its first appearance Paris's Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925. The new design turned modernism into a kind of fashion, used mostly for architectural and decorative arts. The style was very geometric and simple. Artists mainly focused on color and line in their designs, using nationalism and machinery as their inspiration. The effect of these pieces was striking and powerful, which by the mid 1930's reminded the victims of the Great Depression in 1929 of the bright, hope-filled future that never came after the war. Therefore, people began to associate it with extravagance and pompousness, and by WWII in 1939, people were done with the Art Deco style.


Megan Hoolahan said...

The style of Art Deco seems to also translate into the flapper style. The flapper style was also very geometric and structured. Flapper dresses weren't form fitting or curve enchaining, instead they were boxy and masculine. Flapper hairstyle was also very structured; typical flappers had short, straight hair.

Joseph D'Amico said...

I looked up some images, and I really like Art-Deco architecture; everything looks so fancy, especially the doors. I also like the text on posters and such I've seen in that style and also the colors.

Amy Clement said...

It seems like the architecture really reflects the extravagance of the roaring twenties. People were celebrating the end of the First World War with more and more luxury and glamor. The parties and buildings became bigger while the morals became looser.