What is "Art Deco"?

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I have a few questions

  1. What is "Art Deco"?
  2. When did "Art Deco" start?
  3. Who started "Art Deco"?
  4. How did "Art Deco" start?
  5. Where is "Art Deco" used?
  6. What's a famous example of "Art Deco"?

Please answer these answers as soon as possible as I need the infomation for a project.

Thank you very much,
Sophie Thickett

-- Sophie Thickett (snuphie3@hotmail.com), August 09, 2000


Sorry to bother you but this has nothing to do with art deco, i just thought you'd find it interesting to find i have the same name as you! I'm nine years old and from England, how about you?

-- Sophie Thickett (FGT@compuserve.com), March 27, 2001.

Famous examples of Art Deco are the Hotels and other buildings in South Beach, Miami Florida.

Art Deco is a style of Achitecture and design.

Here is a really useful site: www.astoriaartdeco.co.uk/main.htm

Good Luck on the research.

-- Emma (Too_sweet_4_u_101@hotmail.com), October 25, 2001.

hey i cannot really explain what art deco is only that it uses factors such as the top half of a sunrises, geometric shapes, and egyptian influences, a perfect example and probably the most famos is the Chrysler building in new york city. i hope this helps Sarah xoxoxoxoxox

-- Sarah Leake (shazzl@hotmail.com), January 27, 2002.

Art Deco was a popular style of the 1920's and 1930's characterised especialy by bold outlines, geometeric and zigzag forms, and the use of new materials.

-- Lauren Smith (spic_chic@start.com.au), March 18, 2002.

Try going on the search engines like .. www.lycos.co.uk www.msn.co.uk www.yahoo.co.uk www.ask.co.uk www.aol.co.uk Hope this helps u !!!

-- Nikki (Nikki_13uk@hotmail.com), March 25, 2002.

www.decopix.com is a website with some good pictures of Art Deco buildings. It helped me out with a project that I needed to do.

-- Johnny Lovell (jlove500@hotmail.com), October 22, 2002.

im a college student and i had nothing to do so i found out this for you. hope it helps

At the beginning of the 20th century the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 ended the Victorian era and technology caused the pace of life to speed up. Technology, including electricity, airplanes, and telephones, was here to stay. After World War I ended in 1919, life in Europe and America changed drastically. The world looked to Paris for leadership in fashion and design, and France's largest city delivered. Art Deco got its name from the 1925 Paris "Exposition Internationale Des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Moderns" which was a showcase for new and original works of all types.

Art Deco is essentially a style of decoration which was applied to buildings as well as home decor, jewelry, and clothing. Vivid color and stark, geometric shapes influenced architecture, furniture, and fashion worldwide. Everything was geometric and cubic. Art Deco also incorporates a lot of contrasts, such as color palates of chrome and cobalt blue, and crystal and black.

You May Be Owed Unclaimed Money To Find Out, Enter Your Last Name Here: In buildings, concrete, smooth-faced stone, and metal were used for streamlined exteriors with accents of terra cotta, colored glass, and mirrors. Originally the curtains, murals, and fixtures had the same designs as the buildings themselves. The Rockefeller Center in New York City is a well known example of an Art Deco building.

Home furnishings included a lot of blue mirrors on cocktail table tops, jewelry boxes, and the backs of small bars. This colored glass offered a striking contrast to their chrome frames. Wall mounted lamps which aimed the light at the ceiling, called torchier lamps, were very popular. Table lamps often have figures of people and animals on their bases and plain shades. Art Deco furnishings often have some accents of chrome and glass.

The role of women changed during World War I. With their husbands away at war, women had to take care of matters outside their homes and they were reluctant to give up their freedom when men returned. When that war ended in 1918 corsets and petticoats were no more. American women received the right to vote in 1920 at a time when most women wore short hair, short dresses and makeup in public for the first time. Many women also began smoking and driving cars.

French designer Coco Chanel first made crystal and colored glass jewelry a fashion statement during the 1920s. Tastefully mixing real and synthetic gems in her jewelry, she led the way for women to wear layers of chunky bracelets adorned with colored synthetic stones. This look perfectly completed her jersey suits and dresses that became the rage for the more active modern woman. Long, dangling earrings complemented short bobbed hair. Rings were more popular because women no longer wore gloves for every occasion. The look of the jewelry became much more important than the cost of the materials. Jewelry made during this era was either very expensive gold and precious gems or inexpensive celluloid and rhinestones.

Today, some of the most collectible costume jewelry from this period today are sterling silver bangle bracelets with colored rhinestones and Art Deco pieces made of plastic and chrome. The vast majority of 1920s costume jewelry is unsigned.

The Art Deco era ended with the start of World War II in 1941.

-- matt wootten (woottenm@colchsfc.ac.uk), May 02, 2003.

Ok for al those people who have already replied, just incase you read this, thankyou very very much! I had to do this project in yr 8 and am now in yr 11 but it is very usefull for other assignment. thankyou for your time and efforts. Sophi Thickett

-- Sophie Thickett (s_c_ketts@hotmail.com), June 04, 2003.

hi im in year 8 now and im also doing a project on art deco. im not too sure if i know how to answer ur questions but thanks coz all ur answeres have helped me bye.

-- tola akindele (tolix255@hotmail.com), September 28, 2003.

Wow thats a really good idea makin a website i'll do one rite now ........ dun it hopefully i'll get as meny nsers as u got

-- Jonathan Hoyland (jonathan_hoyland@hotmail.com), October 30, 2003.

Thankyou to all those people that contributed to this site. It has not only helped me, but if you read the responses above, it has obvioulsy helped other people as well. Good Luck to everyone who is doing a project on Art Deco.

-- Sophie Thickett (s_c_ketts@hotmail.com), December 13, 2003.

Art Deco is woz some kind of art in the 1920's or 30's and people used to use a lot of different textures and materials ex. Gold Leaf. I visited a place where there were really nice art deco designs. Just as Tola said we were doing a project on it.That is all I can answer, hope you get all you need.

-- Amanda Ejimbe (Chineyebabez@hotmail.com), July 28, 2004.

I am doing report on art deco to and i went to this sight and it gave me a lot of information so i though that you would like to have it. http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Art/deco.shtml (It gave me all that i needed to know.)


Raleigh L

-- Raleigh l (muckylake@hotmail.com), October 28, 2004.

omg finaly a web page w/ the info i need for my english class!! thank you!!! :) and yet this have all the answers to my report!! THANK YOU!!! MUCH GRADITUED!!!!! I LOVE YOU hehe ok thanks :)

-- Elizabeth (dckat88@yahoo.com), November 23, 2004.

Thank you all sooooo much i'm having to find out about Art Deco for my Y9 exams and all of your answerxs have helped me so much. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! Sarah

-- Sarah Cooper (sarah91@hotmail.co.uk), November 24, 2004.

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