Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Wednesday Pretty, 7/27

I sometimes wish that magazines would go back to fashion illustration every now and then.  Who wouldn't love a few of these early 20th century covers on her walls?

Erté's first cover for Harper's Bazaar, 1915

"Romain de Tirtoff, who called himself Erté, was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Paris in 1912 to work in fashion. He briefly collaborated with couturier Paul Poiret, and in 1915 he signed a contract with Harper's Bazaar. For the next 21 years, he contributed original fashion drawings, but it was his spectacular cover art that set him apart. His love of color and his elaborate couture designs put the magazine at the forefront of creative innovation."

Read more: The Erté Years - 1915-36 - 140 Years of Bazaar - Harper's BAZAAR 

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