Feb 8, 2010

The Fascinating Erté

When you first get into fashion, or anything for that matter, when you realize you REALLY love it, something happens. Your brain starts thirsting to know more about every little thing regarding the subject and it's history.

I've wanted to do a little post for a while on Romain de Tirtoff, (1892 – 1990) also known as Erté. (the name comes from his initials pronounced in French, R.T.) He was a fashion illustrator, among many other impressive titles, and ever since I saw one of his illustrations years ago, I've been completely captivated by the artist and his work.

These images are ethereal. They're utterly DREAMY and imaginative. Additionally, the clothes the women are wearing in his illustrations are luxurious, theatrical, and elegant. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love the fashion in these drawings! Can you imagine having even just ONE of those outfits in your own closet?

Erté is definitely one of those artists I never tire of reading about/studying.
Hope you enjoy these enchanting images!

"Look at me, I'm in another world - a dream world that invites oblivion. People take drugs to achieve such freedom from their daily cares. I've never taken drugs. I've never needed them. I achieve a high through work." - Romain de Tirtoff

Recently found some gorgeous Erté SIGNED serigraphs from Sundookgalleries. These are obviously collectibles, you can tell from the prices!

What a talented man!
I want to live inside these pictures. :)


  1. Love, LOVE Erté! I also blogged about his work with Harper's Bazaar over the summer. His work is truly stunning. You can see some of his covers here, http://tinyurl.com/yaqjm38 , if you like!

  2. gorgeous! i've never seen these before. awesome illustrations- would love to own some! alas ;D

  3. So beautiful! I love the Art Deco feel that they have--such a distinct style.

  4. Hi, I just found your blog, and I wanted to say I really like this post. I remember when I first discovered his work I absolutely loved it - it really is amazing.

  5. Wow those pictures are really beautiful! I needs me a nice poster of a few:D


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