Designing Art Deco: Textiles and Fashion

Left: Fig. 6. George Barbier (French, 1882–1932). Costumes Parisiens: “Grande robe du soir en tulle et satin; Echarpe de velours à glands de perles,” 1913. Line engraving with gouache and water color, Sheet: 8 3/4 x 5 9/16 in. (22.2 x 14.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Millia Davenport, 1957 (57.546.1[2]). Right: Fig. 7. Georges Goursat [SEM] (French, 1863–1934). Le vrai et le faux chic: Musée des Erreurs, page 10, 1914. Line engraving and pochoir, Sheet: 17 7/8 x 12 13/16 in. (45.4 x 32.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1962 (62.652.7[11])

Pochoir, a stencil-based printing technique used to create multicolored prints, was particularly popular in the production of French illustrated pattern books from the late 19th century until the 1930s. The technique created lively images with crisp lines and vibrant colors, as seen in the design by Eugène Séguy, and was widely used in fashion journals and illustrated portfolios with designs for architecture, interiors, and textiles, many of which can be found in the collection of the Department of Drawings and Prints. A group of these publications devoted to textile and fashion designs from the Art Deco is in the process of being cataloged and digitized, giving us the opportunity to take a closer look at the idiosyncratic eclecticism of the textile designs in this period.


Beltran-Rubio, Laura. “Designing Art Deco: Textiles and Fashion.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Blogs: Drawings and Prints. 27 December 2016.

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