Buy New
$3.99
Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.95
  • Save: $14.96 (79%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Designs by Erté: F... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Designs by Erté: Fashion Drawings and Illustrations from "Harper's Bazar" Paperback – December 1, 1976


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$3.99
$3.75 $0.04

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Frequently Bought Together

Designs by Erté: Fashion Drawings and Illustrations from "Harper's Bazar" + Erté's Fashion Designs (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) + French Fashion Illustrations of the Twenties: 634 Cuts from La Vie Parisienne (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
Price for all three: $18.24

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; F First Edition edition (December 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486233979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486233970
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

The Russian-born, Paris-based artist Erté (Romain de Tirtoff) is best known for his incomparably styled fashion and theater designs of the 1910s and 1920s. From 1915 to 1936 Erté was associated with Harper's Bazar, furnishing readers with fashion designs, cover art, and word-pictures of the European fashion scenes. This book is a selection of Erté's remarkable work for Harper's Bazar, including 310 of his line drawings and 8 full-color images as well as selections from his letters for the magazine. Of these drawings, 12 have been reproduced directly from the original pen drawings at original size for this edition.
In the illustrations, Erté shows gowns, coats, pajamas, hats, and accessories of all sorts and for each season. Tassels, fur muffs, capes, hair stylings, and other extravagant flourishes are second nature to Erté in these designs. The drawings themselves are striking evocations of the "temptress" type of feminine allure, and are works of art in their own right whose exotic styles are inseparable from the style of the fashions they depict. The original Harper's captions have been reprinted with each illustration.
This selection from Erté's work has been made by Stella Blum, Curator of the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, who has chosen the illustrations both for their interest as art and for their importance in the development of fashion. Copies of Harper's Bazar from the years of Erté's great work are very hard to find today, and students of fashion, fashion illustration, and others interested in Erté will find this a most welcome collection.
Dover (1976) original publication.


More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
18
4 star
3
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 22 customer reviews
Highly recommended for your fashion library.
Amazon Customer
Erte loved best to design for the stage, and the drama and fantasy of theater is in evidence in each ornate illustration.
allison taylor
This book covers the years from 1915-1937 when Erté's work was predominant in Harper's Bazar.
Philly Gal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By allison taylor on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Vogue editor Diana Vreeland once said that no one in the 20th century had a greater influence on fashion than Erte, this desite the fact that he worked for a competitor, Harper's Bazaar. That's an indication of just how revolutionary his work was for the times. Working with virtually no direction to blunt his creativity, Erte published paintings and sketches of ingenious fashions that are as playful and lighthearted as they are luxurious and exquisite. He envisioned modern women (from 1915 to 1926) as goddesses, ultra-chic stars, children of nature, and totally feminine creatures to be adored and exalted. His fashions reflect this, individualistic and charming, colorful and startlingly functional. The 8 color covers and many B/W illustrations show insight into a dimension of fashion that one normally sees only on the show runways: the never-ending well of creativity brought to life by a truly inventive mind unhampered with concerns of marketability. Peruse the illustrations and notice allusions to gardens, paper-weaving, architecture, tennis, various members of the animal kingdom, ceremonial draperies, sailing ships, and flames. Dresses, coats, masks, swimming costumes, sleepwear, and gowns all ornamented with beads, fur trim, sheer draperies, corded lacings, silver embroidery, leather and straw. Practical? Not really. Mass manufacturing? Not in a million years. This is extreme fashion, the stuff of couture, such as would be worn to the salon of writers and intellectuals. Erte loved best to design for the stage, and the drama and fantasy of theater is in evidence in each ornate illustration.Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philly Gal on March 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
What an excellent era of fashion design! I grabbed this book when it was published just to have a first-hand look at the outré clothing that was so prized by my two great aunts. This book covers the years from 1915-1937 when Erté's work was predominant in Harper's Bazar.
This book should be a study requirement for modern would-be high-fashion designers, who need to learn that high fashion should be elegant even when extravagant. I cannot look at Erté's creations and say they are too outmoded to be relevant.
Erté, born Roman Petrovich Tyrtov in St. Petersburg, Russia, lived to the ripe age of 97. When he passed in 1990, I was disappointed that there was only a very brief statement on the front page of the Fashion section of the New York Times. Yet, his work ushered in the Art Deco era in several fields - art, interior decor, sculpture and jewelry. He was a rare, driven, true artist who never strayed from his trademark elegant motifs, and was active until within 2 years of his death.
Back to the publication in this listing: The illustrations are very crisp, clean repros of his drawings, and the 8 full-page color plates are well chosen and exquisite. It is a permanent acquisition on our art shelves.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie2 on May 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book shows why ERTE` was so admired and so popular during the 1920's-1930's and beyond.

I have always wanted to see ERTE's drawings from Harper`s because those drawings are what ERTE` was (and is) known for. Well, this large paperback book introduces the reader to some of the exciting and creative designs that ERTE` created and printed in HARPER'S BAZAAR during the 1920's and 1930's.

"WOW", is the word I have to apply to the Harper's drawings created by ERTE`!! His designs were ABSOLUTELY ahead of their time! His designs were completely amazing and creative! Erte's drawings showed the type of clothes worn by famous Hollywood actresses during the 1920-1930's!! (I can visualize Joan Crawford wearing a fabulous Erte` design!)

There are a few colored HARPER`S magazine cover reproductions in the middle of this book, but the black and white line drawings that ERTE` included in the HARPER's magazines are what draws the reader to this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Rackley VINE VOICE on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a designer of embroidery designs, this one was a winner for me. I love all of the publicatins from Dover!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Great graphics, imaginative design, fabulous period reference. Outstanding in every way!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandi on April 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is great. Erte was a genius. I love looking through this book and only wish I could sew some of the fashions.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Designer on February 10, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Love the illustrations, wish there was more info on each piece and more views. But I'm guessing most of this info was never included, so can't complain too much.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By S. Guy on January 12, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You can't go wrong with having a reference book like this to inspire your own designs; plates, illustrations, and information are all enough to reference and inspire.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again