If you haven’t read my previous post on Erté, a famous Art Deco artist and fashion designer, feel free to poke around! Art Deco is a style of art originally from France from after World War I in the 1920s up until before the outbreak of the second World War in the 1940s. If you only think of flapper dresses when thinking about the 20s, think again! Art Deco is characterized by lots of ornamentation, vivid colors, and machine inspired geometric patterns. People at the time took great pride and faith in their technological progress.
Below, you’ll find fashion illustrations from the time period in that style drawn by other notable artists.
Some modern fashion renditions of Art Deco are below. I love these all, don’t you? Now all you need for these dresses from Holly Hunton below to make them wearable winter art deco is some faux fur or mink coat, shawl, hat, gloves, or collar—put them all on or just a few! Pick patterns and jewelry that are bold, with gold, and geometrical.
I used to be the proud owner of these two Patricia Smith Moon Bags pictured above until I decided to sadly part with them last year. I do still have an original Patricia Smith belt buckle (pictured below), made from the same material the bag flaps were made of (acrylic). It is one of a kind and very rare. If you think the bags are scarce, the belt buckles are nowhere to be found! Fortunately, I am also giving this away to anyone who wishes to purchase it from me. Please send me an offer!
Who is Patricia Smith? Patricia Smith is an artist from Milwaukee, WI most well known, at least from my perspective, for her Moon Bags back in the 80s. I wish I could say that the material used to paint her artwork on was literally out of this world but alas I cannot. As much as I’d like to purchase a moon rock (an actual piece of the moon), I don’t think I’ve got the money for it! The lacquer that you’ll find as handles, flaps, or emblems on each Moon Bag is made of earthbound acrylic (that’s just acrylic).
Patricia hand painted each lacquer that you’ll find on her creations. She or her company also sold needlepoint kits to customers, and they in turn sent back their original work to be paired with Patricia’s lacquers and made as bags! What makes these bags extra special is that every piece is unique and no design was replicated. The clutch I had picture above is an example of one of those needlepoint bags. Not only would I love to get in touch with Patricia, I wouldn’t mind meeting the person who stitched the flowers as well. ;-)
In the late 90s, Moon Bags stopped being on the spotlight. Though that happened, Patricia still pursued the sheer love of art, with or without commercial success, through painting.
Below you’ll find a video of a fellow fashionista raving about her Moon Bags collection:
There are all sorts of handbag styles to choose from—clutches, shoulder bags, handbags, etc. Below you’ll find some Moon Bags being sold by previous owners (like myself) of Patricia Smith’s creations:
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I love this formal attire Navy hat! I’ve worn it twice in one week. It even has the female officer’s name written underneath, a plus for nerdy daydreamers like me playing make believe sailor. This hat just makes everything so much more fun, especially when the rest of my outfit is nothing special. I’ve even had a random homeless guy walk up to me quizzing me and my husband on what he thought to be the most valuable but common Navy item. His response? Ships in a bottle.
Just thought I’d make this set of photos of my everyday outfit on a Saturday afternoon reflect my current obsession—Art Nouveau. I hate to sound like these History Channel shows, but art nouveau is a style of art (also a philosophy) hugely popular in the late 1800s to the early 1900s, especially in Paris. To me, this style sort of looks like stained glass with a little rust. Although not always in glass, you’ll see a lot of this style done through glass works.
Here are some works I have cherry picked from known artists of this style:
“Adele Bloch-Bauer I ” by Gustav Klimt (1907)
“Gismonda” by Alphonse Mucha (1894): Mucha is one of my favorite artists who has really captivated my imagination. This ad for a play called Gismonda is said to be what spearheaded the Art Nouveau style (full image).
“La Maison Moderne” by Manuel Orazi (1902):
“Prochainement Tournée du Chat Noir” by Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1896)