Art Deco was perhaps the most important design movement of the Twentieth Century, and Romain de Tirtoff, better known as Erte, was an artist who contributed so much to its development. Narrated by Diana Vreeland, this is a portrait of the gifted and prolific Erte, who influenced a broad range of design for more than 85 years. The career of this elegant, energetic artist spans the century and the continents, beginning with his association in 1912 with Paul Poiret, king of Paris couture. Later, Erte worked with Harper’s Bazaar, providing the magazine with its monthly covers, as well as dress, shoe, jewelry and interior designs. In the 1920s, he designed for the Folies Bergere and the Paris Opera, and also for the Ziegfeld Follies and Irving Berlin’s Music Box Revue in America. For MGM in Hollywood, Erte designed sets and costumes, working with some of the great beauties of the period, including Carmel Myers who came out of retirement to appear in this film. The narrator, Vreeland, is the former editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Produced and directed by Tony Ryan.
28 minutes • Color