Category Archives: Art Deco Hollywood

Art Deco inspiration from Hollywood. Gorgeous gowns, dramatic designs: inspiration from the 20s and 30s, perfect for browsing the beauty of an era or helping inspire a vintage themed wedding or event.

Mary Astor || 1920s Hollywood

Mary Astor || 1920s Hollywood

Mary Astor, discovered at age 14, was one of the few silent stars who successfully made the transition to talkies. Perhaps best known now for her role in “The Maltese Falcon”, she appeared in over 120 films over the course of her career. She was smart and witty (she once said, “There are five stages…

The Great Gatsby || Visual Effects Video

The Great Gatsby || Visual Effects Video

Well yes indeed, it is another (probably the last, though who can be sure) post about Baz Luhrmann’s film version of The Great Gatsby. We’ve previously discussed the Gatsby trailer and Tiffany & Co.’s Gatsby jewelry. Last up: this video highlighting the creation of the background and special effects…whether or not you are a fan…

Gatsby Jewelry || Tiffany + Co

Gatsby Jewelry || Tiffany + Co

We posted a while back about the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby film, but its release was then delayed by months and months…. But the time is upon us now! The movie comes out this weekend, and while feelings on it may be mixed, there’s one thing we can all agree on… Tiffany…

Art Deco Oscars

Not sure how many people watched the Oscars over the weekend, but those who did… were you as delighted as I was to see so much deco influence? I mean, there was George Clooney’s ladyfriend Stacy Keibler, absolutely killing it in a perfect Naeem Khan gown… Right? Kind of incredible. I even love her hair,…

Anna May Wong || Art Deco Hollywood

Anna May Wong || Art Deco Hollywood

In today’s installment of Art Deco Hollywood, we bring you the incredible style and grace of 1920s icon Anna May Wong. A beauty and talent by any standard, she was also the first Chinese American movie star, making her way in Hollywood (and internationally) in a world where she faced constant typecasting and discrimination, where…

Boardwalk Empire Fashion

Boardwalk Empire Fashion

Hello all! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far. I’m very excited about tonight’s return of one of the most stylish shows on television, Boardwalk Empire. This is a show that started out looking pretty, but being not-so-great (in my most humble of opinions), but by the end of last season it was…

Dolores Del Rio

Dolores Del Rio

Dolores Del Rio was a silent screen star in the 1920s, a luminous icon of 1930s Hollywood, and then became one of Mexican film’s greatest stars. She had a torrid love affair with Orson Welles (10 years her junior) who called her “the most exciting woman I’ve ever known.”  She. Is. Amazing. Image via It’s…

The Great Gatsby || Baz Luhrmann

The Great Gatsby || Baz Luhrmann

Well, the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited (or long-dreaded, depending on your tastes…) version of The Great Gatsby is here! That is… well, it is interesting. Interestingly scored, interestingly cast… there will certainly be lots to look at, style-wise. The Great Gatsby is a perennial favorite for vintage-wedding inspiration, and there is certainly a lot…

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

There is so much to say about this legendary woman, I can’t begin to summarize her life in a few paragraphs here. But I shall try! Josephine Baker was a dancer, singer, activist and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. Ernest Hemingway once called her “…the most sensational woman anyone ever…

1930s Hollywood || Myrna Loy

1930s Hollywood || Myrna Loy

Let’s start here: Dashiell Hammett is one of my favorite writers of all time.  If you haven’t read his work, please do, posthaste. His prose was incredible, the stories fantastic and his characterizations rich. But since several of his books became classic films as well, the movies have become the primary way many people have…

Art Deco Hollywood || The Artist

Art Deco Hollywood || The Artist

Good evening deco lovers! Just a quick note: If The Artist has been released in your hometown, I hope you’ve seen it or are going to see it (it got limited release in the US last week). The incredible costumes and gorgeous art deco / 1920s set design would almost be enough for any fan…

1920s Hollywood || Clara Bow

1920s Hollywood || Clara Bow

Clara Bow was one of the biggest stars of the 1920s, and her reputation endures as the impetuous, free-spirited “It” Girl of her most famous film. In many ways Clara Bow became the embodiment of the era, a face and persona forever wed to the 20s.  She weathered many scandals, breakdowns, and overall mayhem while…

1920s Hollywood || Louise Brooks

1920s Hollywood || Louise Brooks

Today’s Art Deco Hollywood Inspiration: a woman whose haircut inspired ladies everywhere to follow suit (the proto-“Rachel”?), a woman whose talent absolutely radiates off the screen, a silent film star, a stunning beauty and by all accounts one seriously fascinating lady: Louise Brooks. She has an incredible face that can look at times cute as…

1920s Hollywood || Nancy Carroll

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! This evening I’ve decided I’m starting a new category, Art Deco Hollywood, because the silver screen is (of course) a fantastic source for 1920s wedding ideas. And also, frankly, because I could look at photos of stars of the 20s-40s pretty much all day. And now I will share…

Inspiration || Metropolis

Inspiration || Metropolis

Sometimes I forget how influential the art around Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis was (and is). So much incredible, inspirational art deco/modernist art sprang up around it. The fonts! The design! The posters!   (Click on the image to see any print at Art.com) To be fair, that futurist look might be a little dark…