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The Master of Art Deco

Erte is the ultimate master of Art Deco extravagance.

The Russian-born illustrator, Romain de Tirtoff, called himself Erte, after the French pronunciation of his initials. His career started in 1912 in his move to Paris, where he exploited his taste for the exotic and romantic, and the sinuous and lyrical human figure, designing costumes and stage sets.

Eighty Year Career

Erte produced 250 covers for Harper’s Bazaar magazine and innumerable drawings for its pages; fashion designs for some of the world's most glamorous women; costumes and set designs from Folies-Bergère to Paris Opera to Hollywood movies; colourful lithographic prints, sculpture, and a variety of product designs.


Erté’s designs are licensed onto a range of products from stationery to fabrics, and are now available to be reproduced under licence on products such as fashion gifts, fragrance,and home textiles.