Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lust Objects ~ Art Deco Jewelry & Dresses

I blame P.G. Wodehouse entirely for my never ending obsession with all things Deco, Fashionable Reader. And while I generally can't wear the clothing of the late 20s and early 30s (although I've found a few 1940s things), I sure do love the jewelry.

Brooch  Cartier, 1925  Bonham’s

This one has a Sophronia fan kind of look to it.

I've posted a bit before about how 1920s dresses and outfits, in particular, aren't flattering on the Rack. Although, it is possible to find belted and fit and flair options...

Gustave Beer, 1919  The Kyoto Costume Institute; 1920 via the lovelylouisebrooks tumblr

Unfortunately, more common are drop waist filmy see-through numbers that do us, and our girls, no favors whatsoever.


But the jewelry is fair game. Of course, I can't afford the real thing but I am always looking out for good costume pieces (I've never been one to think you should invest in the Real Thing). Here's one of my favorites collected by a friend in the 1980s, and gifted to me a decade or so ago. I love it because it also has a steampunk feel.

Nevertheless, here's some of the Real Thing:

Earrings  Georges Fouquet, 1925  Christie’s

Cufflinks  1930s

Necklace  1930s  Sotheby’s

Pocket Watch  1930s  Doyle Auctions

1930s Necklace  Cartier  Sotheby’s

1930s Necklace  Sotheby’s

In modern times, Deco enjoys a near constant resurgence on the red carpet, in catalogs, and on catwalks, in some form or another. To this day I still remember Jay's deco dress (inspired by the Chrysler Building in NYC) from the first season of Project Runway.

Via the Project Runway Blog

 Here's a small sample of dresses I've noticed recently:

via frostedfashions tumblr L’Wren Scott Fall 2013; 2014 Atelier Versace Couture

2014 Alice Eve In Mary Katrantzou

 2014 Blue Lace Deco Dress $50; 2014 Mara Hoffman

2014 christina_hendricks_cannes

 2014 GaGa red carpet; 2014 Naeem Khan

2014 SwimSuit

Retro Rack is also on Facebook, where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.


  1. Might we expect another series set a little later in the 1920s? Such fabulous fashion fodder ^_^


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