Category Archives: Art Deco Period

History of Costumes and Fashion during the the Art Deco period. French Haute Couture, Flapper, Gibson, Magazines.

Karl Schenker. Wax figures mannequins.

Karl Schenker. German Art deco photojournalist, artist and fashion photographer. 1920s fashion.

Karl Schenker 1920s

The wax figures mannequins of Karl Schenker photographer.

Karl Schenker 1890-1954, German photojournalist, artist and fashion photographer.

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Blanche Sweet. American film actress in 1925

Blanche Sweet. American Actress. Silent movie star. 1920s fashion.

Blanche Sweet 1925

Blanche Sweet. American Actress. Silent movie star.

Blanche Sweet 1896-1986 was an American film actress whose career in the early days of silent films had already peaked. 1909 began her film career at the Biograph and quickly became one of the leading actresses in the films of D.W. Griffith. In 1911 she had the leading role as a young mother in The Last Drop of Water. Her most important main role was as Judith in the first feature-length film by Griffiths Judith Bethulien of 1914. In 1915 she left Biograph and went to the Famous Players-Lasky, where she appeared in films by Cecil B. DeMille and Marshall Neilan. The contemporary film critics held because of their versatility for one of the most outstanding actresses of the entire silent era. Towards the end of the silent era waned her popularity and she only occurred in three sound films. In 1930 she retired from the film business altogether back. When she got no more appointments, she worked at all times in a department store in Los Angeles. In the late 1960s, she was, in particular by European film students, recognition as a pioneer of the American film received.

Actress Fritzi Massary in “Die Teresina”

Actress Fritzi Massary. 1920s fashion. Art deco costume Berlin. Berlin opera. Die Teresina. Oscar Straus.

Actress Fritzi Massary in Die Teresina

Actress Fritzi Massary in “Die Teresina”.*

Fritzi Massary (Friederika Masaryk, 1882-1969) was an Austrian singer and actress. She grew up in Vienna as the oldest of three daughters of a Jewish merchant family and received early singing lessons. Richard Schulz engaged her in August 1904 for the Metropol Theater Berlin**. She soon became the figurehead of this theater. She starred in numerous operettas by Paul Lincke and Victor Hollaender. She was the most famous operetta singer of her time, and the female population was based according to their fashionable taste. When she married actor Max Pallenberg, she converted to Protestantism. The flight from the Nazis in 1932 meant the end of her career. She emigrated in 1939 to her daughter in the United States and settled in Beverly Hills Hollywood where she lived until her death. Her urn is on the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Glendale.

* The Teresina is an operetta in three acts by Oscar Straus based on a libretto by Rudolph Schanzer and Ernst Welisch. The work was premiered on 11 September 1925 at the German Artists Theater in Berlin.

** The Metropol theater was opened in 1898 by Richard Schultz in the Behringstr. 55-57 (today’s home of the Komische Oper). In the “Golden Twenties”, the Metropolitan has developed into a world-famous operetta stage, which also played new music from the USA with original ensembles. On the program were revues and other works of “light entertainment” with well-known singers such as Lizzi Waldmüller, Richard Tauber and Fritzi Massary. In National Socialism the operation of the Metropol went on as usual, except that Jewish members of the ensemble, as in all German theaters were no longer allowed to occur. In March 1945, bombs destroyed the theater in Behrenstraße down to the auditorium, which was preserved and used since 1947 as the Komische Oper.

Paul Poiret 1925. Oriental. Art Deco.

Paul Poiret. Salon Oriental. 1925. Art deco. Fashion, Costume

Paul Poiret 1925.

Paul Poiret. Salon Oriental. Art deco. Costume. Fashion

Paul Poiret. Salon Oriental.

Late fashion designs by Paul Poiret

Paul Poiret. Salon Oriental. 1925. Art Deco.
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The Prague actress Bronislava Livia 1925

Actress Bronislava Livia Portrait. Art deco jewelry. Flapper hairstyle. Silent movie star

Actress Bronislava Livia

The Prague actress Bronislava Livia in 1925.

Art deco period. Silent movie star.

Actress Maria Corda in glamour art deco costume, 1925.

Maria Corda. Art deco glamour costume. Silent movie star 1920s. Mária Antónia Farkas. Maria Korda

Actress Maria Corda

Actress Maria Corda (Mária Antónia Farkas) in glamour art deco costume, 1925.

Maria Conrad, 1898-1976, in a dark red velvet cape with wide Swan trimming. Mary Conrad was a Hungarian silent film star in Austria and Germany. In 1927 she moved with her husband Alexander Corda to Hollywood. Her later years of life were spent in the vicinity of Geneva in Switzerland.

Winter sports costume by Emil Jacoby and evening shoes by Wichert.

Winter sports costumes and evening shoes by Emil Jacoby. STYL, Art Déco Fashion Magazine. German Art deco costumes 1920s. Roaring twenties fashion. Gibson Girls clothing.

Winter sports costume and evening shoes by Emil Jacoby.

Winter sports costume by Emil Jacoby and evening shoes by Wichert.

Back from the sledding.  Drawing by Viktor Arnaut. Styl, table 2, Issue 5/6.

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The green veil. Coat of V. Mannheimer.

Coat of V. Mannheimer. STYL, Art Déco Fashion Magazine. German Art deco costumes 1920s. Roaring twenties fashion. Gibson Girls clothing.

Coat by V. Mannheimer.

The green veil. Coat of V. Mannheimer.

Drawing of Offterdinger. Style, table 4, Issue 5/6.

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Lo and Chérie. Evening Dresses by Herrmann Gerson.

STYL, Art Déco, Fashion Magazine, Art deco costumes, 1920s. Roaring twenties fashion. Gibson Girls clothing.

Evening Dresses by Herrmann Gerson.

Lo and Chérie. Evening Dresses by Herrmann Gerson.

Drawing by Erna Schmidt – Caroll. Styl, table 3, Issue 5/6.

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The young Fritz in Rheinsberg. Frederick II of Prussia.

Frederick II of Prussia. STYL, Art Déco Fashion Magazine. German Art deco costumes 1920s. Roaring twenties fashion. Gibson Girls clothing.

The young Fritz at Rheinsberg.

The young Fritz in Rheinsberg. Frederick II of Prussia.

Drawing by Erich M. Simon. Styl, table 8, Issue 5/6.

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