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  • Ferdinand Preiss Bronze and Ivory Gamine
    Gamine by Ferdinand Preiss sold at the Mayfair Antiques Fair 2017.
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Fabulous Art Deco bronze and ivory figure of a beautiful young lady in period dress, raised on a green onyx and black marble plinth, signed F Preiss. This is the large version of this iconic model in excellent condition.

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Bronze, Ivory and Onyx

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Ferdinand Preiss by Alberto Shayo

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Art Deco Fashion

Unlike the flowing big breasts, small waists and large bottoms of the Victorian Era, modern 1920s fashion was marked by the new found simplicity and a richness in colour and fabric that defines the period.

Art Deco fashion relied heavily on beautifully textured richly dyed fabrics that lent depth to the simple angular lines of the dresses. These dresses relied more upon simple shapes combined with the bold colours and textures textiles to the depth, beauty and overall effect of the fashion.

Fashion of the 1920’s

Many fashion critics describe 1920s fashion as having a gender crisis because of the cleaner lines and the de-emphasis on a woman’s breasts and bottom.

Women went to work during World War One, they had become more active in “mainstream” society and sports. No longer could they wear the heavy petticoats and corsets as they had before.

In 1916 Paul Poiret designed what was called “the Picture Dress” featuring a high waist and resembling the older bodice type dresses of the Victorian Era.

But unlike those dresses the Picture dress allowed a woman more comfort while wearing it. It was designed to be worn at wedding and other formal occasions.

While the 1920s is known for its short hemmed dresses, really dresses lengths never rose to the knee until 1923.

The famous designs of Coco Chanel and other were influenced by the modern sportswear of the time. Because these dresses were easy to copy and knock off, the better designers complicated their designs by adding structural elements like flared sleeves and extra fabric to make the designs their own.

Fashion in Nightclubs

In America with Prohibition in full swing in the mid-1920s there was a definite emphasis on living a lavish lifestyle and going to speakeasies and nightclubs around the country.

The evening dresses reflected ladies’ desire to dance without being limited by her clothes. Her dress was typically held up by narrow straps on the shoulder and had slits down the thigh to allow her complete freedom while doing “The Charleston”.

To stay warm women would wrap themselves in shawls inspired by Japanese fabrics and motifs.

Art Deco fashion was always classy and integrated fine materials and craftsmanship into their design.

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