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Designer Name: Romain de Tirtoff
Born-Died: 1892 – 1990
Style: Erté's highly stylized illustrations usually depicted models in Art Deco styled interiors.
Materials Used: The renowned fashion illustrator utilized pen, ink, and gouache.
Specialty: Fine Art
History: Romain de Tirtoff was born and raised in St. Petersburg. He travelled to Paris in 1912 and briefly collaborated with Paul Poiret, who was a Parisian couturier. After becoming a costume designer, he worked on fashion illustrations for several American fashion houses. He became known by the pseudonym "Erté"- which was in reference to the French pronunciation of his initials (RT). Over the course of three decades, he successfully structured opening tableaus, costumes, and finale scenes for the French theatre. Romain de Tirtoff proceeded to produce sheet-metal sculptures, serigraphs, and even lithographs in the 1960s.
One of Erté's earliest successes was designing apparel for the late French dancer, Gaby Deslys. His sophisticated, glamorous designs and delicate figures are instantly recognizable. Erté's art and ideas still influence fashion into the 21st century.
Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) silkscreen titled 'Stranded' dating from 1983.
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Erte (Romain de Tirtoff 1892-1990) signed porcelain plate titled 'Carnation.'
An original signed silkscreen by Erte; numbered 299/300. Titled 'Debutante'
Mirror art by Erte designed during the 1980s.
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