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Art Deco is a design style introduced at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes, held in Paris in 1925.

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4 Areas That Art Deco Contributed Immensely

Art Deco is a design style introduced at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs

Industriels et Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. However, the term art deco wasn’t famous until

art historian Bevis Hillier used it in her book, Art Deco of the 20’s and 30’s. Unlike its

predecessor, art nouveau, art deco does not have a philosophy – it is only a decoration style. But

its influence on art, architecture, and fashion was immense. Here are a few areas that were

inspired by the art deco style;

• Art Deco In Media:

No other movie captures the essence of the art deco style more than the 1927 film, The

Metropolis. The visual and thematic elements in the movie use rectilinear shapes and geometrical

motifs; all inspired by art deco. Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead also introduces this design

approach through her protagonist Howard Roark, whose architectural style is reflective of art

deco. It also influenced poster designing, for example, the poster for The Metropolis and cover

posters for Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar.

• Art Deco In Architecture:

Art Deco was a key influence in the architecture of its time. Prime examples of this include The

Chrysler Building in New York, the Los Angeles Union Station, The Rockefeller Center, and the

Empire State Building. And of course, the 800 odd buildings in South Beach, Miami!

• Art Deco In Automobile Designing:

The art deco style influenced automobile designing as much as it inspired architecture. Some of

the best examples of this can be found among French car manufacturers Bugatti and Delahaye.

Hispano – Suiza was another manufacturer to include art deco elements in its designs. The

Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California has one of the finest collections of art deco

cars in the world. It is also home to the 1938 Type 57SC Atlantic Bugatti – one of the world’s

most expensive cars in the world. Of the three cars manufactured, only two remain. Besides the

one in the Mullin Automotive Museum, fashion designer and avid car collector Ralph Lauren

owns the other, says Dave Dunlop in this article.

• Art Deco in Fashion:

Some of the early influences of art deco can be found in the designs of Chanel, Patou, and Poiret.

They used a tubular silhouette with dresses that clung to the body. It was also around this time

that actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich made it acceptable for women to

wear trousers.

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The Author loves researching different design elements; art deco being his favorite. His research

on this subject has taken him far and wide including the Mullin Automotive Museum.