Art Deco 1910-1939

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Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton, Ghislaine Wood
V&A, 2003 - Art deco - 464 pages
"Spanning the boom of the roaring Twenties and the bust of the Depression-ridden 1930s, Art Deco came to epitomise all the glamour, luxury and hedonism of the jazz age. It was the style of the flapper girl, the luxury ocean liner, the Hollywood film and the skyscraper. It burst onto the world stage at the 1925 'Paris Exposition international des arts decoratifs et industriels modernes', and quickly swept across the globe. Its influence was everywhere : it transformed the skylines of cities from New York to Shanghai and shaped the design of everything from fashionable evening wear to plastic radios. Above all it became the style of the pleasure palaces of the age - hotels, cocktail bars, night-clubs and cinemas." - book jacket.

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Charlotte Benton is a design and architecture historian. Her works include A Different World? Emigre Architects in Britain 1926-58.

Ghislaine Wood is co-curator of the exhibition Art Deco 1910-1939. She was also co-curator of the wildly successful V&A exhibition Art Nouveau that toured internationally, and a contributor to the catalogue that has sold more than 70,000 copies worldwide.

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