Born Romain de Tirtoff in St. Petersburg Russia on November 23, 1892, Erté is one of the most well-known designers and illustrators of the Art Deco period. In 1912, he moved to Paris and began working for fashion designer Paul Poiret. Erté soon began designing costumes and selling gouache and pen-and-ink fashion illustrations. From 1916-37, he was under contract with Harper’s Bazaar. He also designed many costumes and sets for French theater, working for the Folies-Bergère from 1919-30. Erté’s characteristic style is elongated and linear, depicting figures in lavish clothing and in front of Art Deco backgrounds. He passed away in Paris on April 21, 1990.

Erté is featured in Edition: The Best of the Met

"Les Plaisirs - Innocents et Morbids" Ballet Costume Design of Twinned Serpents for "L'Or", Ziegfield Follies (1923)
"Marriage" Triple Costume Design for "Les Mariages", George White's Scandal (left) (1924)
"Ange Harpiste", Costume design for "The Blues", George White's Scandals, New York (1926)
"L'Océan", Costume Design for "Les Mers", George White's Scandals, New York (1923)
"La Domination" Beaded Costume Design with silver Headdress and Gold Curtain Draped for Arms in "L'Or", Ziegfield Follies (1923)
"Le Feu de L'Amour" - Illustration for Harper's Bazaar (1924)
"Le Gloire" Gold Costume Design with Olive Branch Headdress and Armlets for "L'Or", Ziegfield Follies "1923"
Costume and Tragic Mask Design for "Pelleas et Melisande", Metropolitan Opera, New York (1927)
Costume design for "Pung" (1924)
Costume drawing (1922)
Design for a Topaz Brooch and Ring (1932)
Design for Jade Earrings (1932)
Dress designs for "The American Millionairess" Paris (1917)
Le Décolleté Angulaire (1925)
Panelled Pump with Ombre Effect from White to Black for Delman's Shoes, New York (1934)
Stage set design for "Spanish scene", George White's Scandals, New York (1926)
Stage Set: Design for "The Golden Fables", George White's Scandals, New York (1926)