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About the Work
image size: 13.5 x 13.5
Based on a January 1924 fashion drawing for Harper's Bazaar. The word "chignon" comes from the French phrase, "chignon du cou," which means nape of the neck. The chignon hair style is generally achieved by pinning the hair into a knot at the nape of the neck or back of the head, but there are many variations of the style.
Fashion & Jewelry II. “Chignon" is a serigraph printed on heavy paper in an edition of 650 and stamped with the Erté estate's approved signature.
About the Artist
Erté was born Romain de Tirtoff in St. Petersburg, Russia on November 23rd, 1892 and was raised amidst Russia's social elite. At the age of five he created an evening gown for his mother and managed to persuade the adults to craft it, they were astounded by the results. In 1912, Romain left St. Petersburg for Paris at the age of nineteen with the aim of becoming an artist. After working with Paul " Le Magnifique" Poiret on several theatrical productions Romain, still under the pseudonym of Erte, began to work more independently. He hand-crafted original costume and fashion designs for many of the era’s most renowned actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Anna Pavlova, Norma Shearer, and others. His masterpieces for the stage included extravagant production designs at venues such as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris, and the Paris Opera. In 1915 he began his long professional relationship with Harper's Bazaar and created 240 covers for the esteemed magazine. For 6 months in 1916, Erté simultaneously worked with Vogue as well. As a result of his highly publicized success, Erté would later be called the father of the ‘Art Deco’ movement.