Erté began his career at age six when his mother had a dress made from his first sketches. At age 19, Erté left home, moved to Paris to become a fashion illustrator. Here he gained employment w/ esteemed couturier Poiret. The name Erté came into existence during these early days in Paris, partially to ensure privacy for his family back in Russia. His first assignment: create costumes for notorious Mata Hari.
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