Erté

Er·té (ĕr-tāʹ), Originally Romain de Tertoff. 1892-1990.
Russian-born French designer and illustrator who was a leading exponent of Art Deco in the 1920s and 1930s.

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orig. Romain de Tirtoff

born Nov. 23, 1892, St. Petersburg, Russia
died April 21, 1990, Paris, France

Russian-born French fashion illustrator and designer.

In 1912 he arrived in Paris, where he worked briefly with the couturier Paul Poiret. From 1916 to 1937 he published elegant, highly stylized illustrations depicting models in mannered poses against Art Deco interiors in Harper's Bazaar. He also designed theatrical scenery and costumes for the Folies-Bergère in Paris (1919–30), and in the 1920s he costumed performers in U.S. musicals, most notably the Ziegfeld Follies. His designs continue to be widely reproduced.

Afternoon dress of black and white satin designed by Erté for Harper's Bazaar, 1924

© Sevenarts Limited

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▪ Russian designer
byname of  Romain de Tirtoff  
born Nov. 23, 1892, St. Petersburg, Russia
died April 21, 1990, Paris, France
 fashion illustrator of the 1920s and creator of visual spectacle for French music-hall revues. His designs included dresses and accessories for women; costumes and sets for opera, ballet, and dramatic productions; and posters and prints. (His byname was derived from the French pronunciation of his initials, R.T.)

      Erté was brought up in St. Petersburg. In 1912 he went to Paris, where he briefly collaborated with Parisian couturier Paul Poiret. He then became a costume designer and began selling his pen-and-ink and gouache fashion illustrations to American fashion houses. From 1916 to 1937 he was under contract to the American fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. (A collection of Harper's Bazaar illustrations was published in Designs by Erté [1976] with text by Stella Blum.) His highly stylized illustrations depicted models in mannered poses draped in luxurious jewels, feathers, and soft, flowing materials against a background of interiors in the Art Deco style.

      The same lavish style marked Erté's theatrical designs. For 35 years he designed elaborately structured opening tableaus, finale scenes, and costumes for the French theatre. He worked for the Folies-Bergère in Paris from 1919 to 1930. During the 1920s he costumed the performers appearing in such American musical revues as the Ziegfeld Follies and George White's Scandals. In the 1960s Erté produced lithographs, serigraphs, and sheet-metal sculptures. His autobiography, Things I Remember, was published in 1975.

Additional Reading
Charles Spencer, Erté, 2nd ed. (1981).

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