by Polly Guerin, Fashion Historian
It's about women like Tamara de Lempika the famed Art Deco artist, chicly helmeted her gloved hand on the steering wheel driving her green Bugatti, representing the new breed of independent woman racing into the future. It's about the swank salon interiors, mirrored, black lacquer furniture, and an elegant white piano upon a black and white checkaboard floor ready for the cocktail hour. It's the first era of modernism launched by the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes which gave us the term, ART DECO, that represented streamline modernity.
The recent film, "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day," depicts this era with authenticity from the fashions, millinery and accessories to the interiors and the soignee personalities of the era. A revealing lingerie fashion show scene gives you an insider's view of what the ladies wore underneath it all. Well worth your while to pick up a CD at Barnes & Noble and consider this era for your next historical novel.
BIO: Polly is on the board of the Art Deco Society of New York, and recently lectured on the subject at the l0th World Congress on Art Deco in Montreal in May. She is also a vice president of the Romance Writers of America / New York City chapter. Visit her at www.pollytalk.com.