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Art Deco was the predominant style of the 1920s and 30s. It was a purely decorative style that emerged partially in response to the austerity of World War I. -RC

The Art Deco style was influenced by previous art movements such as Neoclassicism, Cubism, Modernism, and Futurism. During the Neoclassic period, artists focused on portraying their subjects as status symbols of wealth while during the Cubist, Modernist, and Futurist movements, artists emphasized the use of shape, line, and colour to create simple, yet captivating designs. Together, these art movements were able to influence the sleek and self-indulgent style of Art Deco. -RC

During the Art Deco movement, artists sought to create a sleek and elegant aesthetic that symbolized wealth and sophistication. The Art Deco style was characterized by precise, symmetrical, and strongly delineated geometric shapes along with bold, bright colours such as purple, yellow, ruby, and turquoise. -RC

Art Deco flourished throughout the 20s and 30s, transcending all areas of design. The style was most noticeably used in furniture, fashion, and architecture, where angular patterns such as sunbursts and chevrons became common embellishments. During this time period, materials such as steel, glass, and lacquered wood were used to achieve a sleek, modern look. The booming economy also allowed for the use of expensive materials such as diamond and ivory, thus adding to the opulence of the time…

The Madison Belmont building in Manhattan, New York City was built in 1924-25. The details on the facade and door feature the Art Deco architectural style.

A Vogue cover from October 1926. The simplistic design and strong geometric shapes were influenced by the style of the time.