Once again, the vision of the very talented Erte has served as my inspiration to recreate today’s outfit. This outfit is based on one of his fashion drawings. I came across this pen and ink drawing on the internet when I was researching his life’s journey into art and design. The picture only shows the upper portion of a woman dressed in her Art Deco finery. I was drawn to the the collar, the way the four narrow bow belts were featured: the highest belt being cinched high under the chest and the bottom belt ending at the waist. I loved how the skirt blossomed out under the waist into a full bell shape and how the hat sits like a flower on the head. I also admired the way the sleeves open up into a lily near the wrist. I cannot see the full silhouette of the outfit as it has been omitted from view, but I examined many other of Erte’s fashion designs and noticed many have a narrow column skirt and some have a more harem style. I used these observations to construct my outfit.
My style reinterpretation attempts to include many of the elements Erte has so artfully created in his drawing. Sadly, I do not have these beautiful flower inspired pieces in my wardrobe and had to rely on what I had available to bring a touch of Erte in today’s styling.
The foundation of today’s outfit is a column comprised of my Eileen Fisher green-gold knit tunic and Eileen Fisher black harem pants. Over this foundation, I used a long gold and black vest from Kaliyana Designs (Canada). Rather than four narrow belts, I styled my wide perforated black leather Marni belt in a similar manner to that shown in the drawing.
To finish the look, I added my small black Victorian Riding Hat from Aka Tombo Millinery. In addition, I have added black jet drop earrings, vintage Art Deco Bakelite bangles mixed with a vintage gold snake wrap bracelet and Rachel Zoe’s gold tassel bracelet.
I enjoyed this styling and have thought of other ways to recreate it, but that will be another style story for future posts.