a modern past

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Renée Perle by Jacques Henri Lartigue

bonjour mes amis, i hope you’re having a fabu sunday. it’s pretty great around here cause it’s officially a day off! we’ve already been for a stroll, swim and shower, made brunch at home and have the rest of the day to play! funny that for the first itme in a long while my choice of activities is the computer. i’d been avoiding it like the plage for the past few weeks. after working full days i couldn’t even take the light of it by night.

jean henri lartigue

but with things finally straightening out, it feels a lot lighter and my little silver box can be used for fun again, not just the grind. whew! so today’s new and fresh but my obsession with the 20s for the past few days continues. since i’m not one to censor myself, i’m just letting it free flow, saving and posting pics i hadn’t seem before from a time that still intrigues me.

is it the glamour, the sleek and modern look that still seems so new?


it’s funny cause you can really see a shift from the teens and early 20s into what we see from ’25 on.

JacquesHenri-Lartigue bibi and dani in nice

bibi in cannes

changes in dress, attitude, a defiance of society and convention.

Renee Perle


josephine baker

i’m really getting into the subtleties of the decade. i love how you can see changes year by year just by the silhouette.



i love to go back in time thru ads. this one from louis vuitton shows the way we traveled.

it was so all about the well dressed woman.

the era seems surreal but somehow the ads for hermes and chanel, et al,  make it  more tangible. people really did life this elegant and cutting edge life we romanticize. (or i do).

chanel 1929

details de la mode Henry_Fournier_1928

ways to tie scarves

Sonia Delaunay patternpulp.com

and the people were real. it’s so easy to create a caricature of the era with flapper costumes and dances.

but these were muses who ran paris and the planet!

it’s still just the surface but it was fun to dig a little deeper into some of the legends that are still household names today.


but who i know so little about!

i have to admit i had no idea kiki posed for man ray.

well that’s my lil’ indulgence for today. it’s a lot later than when i started and we have a party to get to.

hope you have a summery sunday night and enjoy whatever you’re up to!


July 17, 2011. 1920's, flappers, Photography, Windows. 14 comments.

something new everyday

hi guys, happy saturday nuit~

i’m not sure where this top painting came from, do you know it? i’m the worst at saving hyperkinks!

i have guests so i’m only here for a sec, but wanted to post some of the art  i stumbled on and saved to my desktop while i could still make sense of it. actually there is no sense to it, it’s just a random smattering of the tip of the iceberg that is the 1920s.



ever since seeing midnight in paris, i’ve been thinking about who i’d like to run into from the 20s. (other than josephine baker and chanel).  but looking into it i’m blown away by how many designers, illustrators and artists i don’t know.



jean gabriel domergue

dart.fine-art.com louis icart

i love the way women were portrayed as such playful minxes!

ok i’m off  to entertain, have fun tonite!

July 17, 2011. 1920's, illustration, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Louis Icart. 6 comments.

it was a very good year

hello my loves and happy friday! it’s been a long and grueling week but that was then and this is  now. it’s hard to believe that the summer is in full swing and i hope you’re having a great one. i’m already planning my trip to paris in september for the maison et objet and have been doing a little research on trade shows of the past.

these images came up when i searched the 1925 ‘exposition internationale des arts decoratifs et industriels modernes’. turns out it was the show that coined the term ‘art deco’ in the 60’s and was probably the greatest showcase of new ideas in design of all time.


last night i saved a bunch of links and tonite can’t seem to find them but some of these great decorators and designers had pavilions from all over the world just like the do at the m&o!


some of the greats were Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Le Corbusier, and René Lalique, just to name a few. their designs are still as strong and au current today as they were at the unveiling.


it sure is a trip in time to even skim the surface of the event (which by the by went from april to october, talk about an exhausting show)!


it took place in 1925 at a time that seems surreal now with just how much magic and creativity was floating around.


i’m sorry i lost the links but the photos have their original titles if you right click and want to google them.


anyway i hope you enjoy the show as much as i do, i’ll try to dig a little deeper and get more of the exhibits.



with everyone from france to spain to russia showcasing their goods it must have been a true world’s fair.

well we have the maison et objet! have you been or are you going? it’s pretty fab too, and it’s ours! have a great weekend!

July 16, 2011. 1920's, Art Deco, Maison et Objet, Paris. 4 comments.

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