Erté romain de tirtoff

Erté romain de tirtoff

Erté  was born Romain de Tirtoff  in 1892 to a wealthy family in St. Petersburg , Russia. His father was  an Admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy, but despite the tradition of the Russian military he did not like to follow his father profession.  As a young boy, he was fascinated by the Persian miniatures he found in his father’s library  and  he became interested in graphic design and fashion. The impact of the exquisite art of the Persian miniatures with their vibrant colors and   sophisticated ornamental designs stimulated Romain’s artistic talent and continued to be an important inspiration source for him, influencing the development of his style. He designed  his first costume at the age of 5 and then moved to Paris in 1912 at the age of 18.

Erté romain de tirtoff

In Paris he assume the name of Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials, R and T, and apprenticed beside Parisian designer Paul Poiret as a graphic designer for fashion, learning the art of couture. His long relationship with Harper’s Bazaar,  began in 1915,  where he created over 240 covers for the magazine.  During the 1920s,  Erté became a renowned fashion designer whose work also appeared in many other publications. His designed the dresses of many film actresses such as Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Anna Pavlova, Norma Shearer and others. He also designed costumes and sets for New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera, as well as for the Folies-Bergères and George White’s Scandals. In 1976 the French government awarded him the title of Officer of Arts and Letters, and in 1982 he was awarded the Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris. His work is in many prominent museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He died  in 1990, at the age 97.

Erté romain de tirtoff

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