Saturday, November 29, 2008

VICHY II ou Le Jeu des Marionnettes

VICHY I ou Soyez Tous Bien Sages

LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI Robe du soir de Worth

DES ROSES DANS LA NUIT Robe du soir de Worth

PAVANE Robe du soir de Worth


N'EN DITES RIEN...Robe d'apres-midi de Paquin

FUMEE Robe du Soir de Beer


George Barbier (1882 - 1932) was one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century. Born in Nantes France on October 10, 1882, Barbier was 29 years old when he mounted his first exhibition in 1911 and was subsequently swept to the forefront of his profession with commissions to design theatre and ballet costumes, to illustrate books, and to produce haute couture fashion illustrations.
For the next 20 years Barbier led a group from the Ecole des Beaux Arts who were nicknamed by Vogue as "The Knights of the Bracelet" - a tribute to their fashionable and flamboyant mannerisms and style of dress. Included in this ?lite circle were Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Pierre Brissaud, Paul Iribe, Georges Lepape and Charles Martin. During his career Barbier also turned his hand to jewellery, glass and wallpaper design, wrote essays and many articles for the prestigious Gazette du bon ton.
In the mid 1920s he worked with Ert? to design sets and costumes for the Folies Berg?re and in 1929 he wrote the introduction for Ert?'s acclaimed exhibition and achieved mainstream popularity through his regular appearances in L'Illustration magazine.
Barbier died in 1932 at the very pinnacle of his success.

L'HEURE DU THE manteau de fourrure de Jeanne LANVIN

JOTA manteau du soir de Beer


Eduardo Garcia Benito Born 1891, Valladolio, Died 1981, Valladolio.

Moved to Paris in 1910 becoming established as a skilled decorative artist and illustrator.

The most famous Fashion Magazine Publishers were soon made aware of Benito?s talent for stylized graphic art and he was duly employed by Gazette Du Bon Ton, La Guirlande, Les Feuillets D?art and other established periodicals.

During the 1920?s Conde Nast the owner of Vogue Magazine persuaded Benito to work for them to illustrate the front covers of Vogue and Vanity Fair. His art became so popular he aspired to the principal artist for Conde Nast for the next twenty years.

He continued to contribute to Vogue into the 1950's before terminating his employment to enjoy his retiral. Benito died in 1981 at the age of 80 in his birth-place of Valladolio. Eduardo Benito?s drawings are usually tall slender graceful figures in high fashion clothing.

Au Clair de la Lune



L'eventail d'or

Georges Lepape

Georges Lepape, studied at the Ecole des Arts D?coratifs, Paris, and the ateliers of Humbert and Cormon. In 1911 illustrated Les Choses de Paul Poiret and the following year programmes for the Ballet Russe . Innumerable magazines covers and fashion plates for La Gazette du Bon Ton and Vogue.

In 1911, Poiret again published a brochure of his designs, this time created by another young artist, Georges Lepape, who had been trained in the atelier run by Fernand Cormon, where Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, S?rusier, Matisse, and Picabia had all studied. Les Choses de Paul Poiret, vues par Georges Lepape appeared in a larger edition: one thousand copies were printed (Paris: 1911). Lepape, too, had absorbed the lessons of bright color taught by the Ballet Russes, and his pochoir prints of Poiret's still high-waisted fashions in this brochure and later in the Gazette du Bon Ton used line drawings with large areas of blues, greens, reds, pinks, and yellows.