978-1-85177-388-6 / 9781851773886

Art Deco 1910-1939


Publisher:V & A Enterprises; illustrated edition edition (January 2003)



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A triumph of scholarship and loving design' The Daily Mail Art Deco - the style that swept across the globe during the 1920s and 1930s and created the defining look of the inter-war years. Its influence was ubiquitous: it touched the design of everything from fashion, cinemas and Hollywood films to the packaging of cigarettes and locomotives. It was the ultimate synthesis of styles, borrowing from European craft traditions as eagerly as it appropriated aspects of 'the exotic' from the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Meso-America, the oriental East and black Africa. Its use of rare and unashamedly precious materials was a reminder of the wealth of empires, whilst its geometric imagery celebrated urban modernity and the experience of modernity world-wide. This lavish and erudite book brings together nearly 40 essays from leading experts in the field to discuss Art Deco and its utterly distinctive iconography. Both thought -provoking and scholarly, Art Deco stands as the definitive book on one of the most breathtaking periods of the twentieth century.

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