Ultimately it’s the image of decadence that appeals to me.
Timing is funny. If not for the simple fact that I would no longer be alive, I think living in the 20-30’s might have been a perfect time for me. I’ve been meaning to do a post on art deco style for months now. I’ve kept these photos on file for when the timing struck me right to do something on it. I find the era and the architecture very significant.
After all, the roaring twenties conjures up images of glamour, vast ocean liners and prohibition-era hedonism. That period in time is specifically what attracted me to hanging around South Beach, that they’ve managed to keep the flavour alive through design and the remodelling of buildings and the ambiance in general.
When I lived in Montreal I was part of a dance scene in a made for TV movie (written by Mordecai Richler and directed by Claude Jutra) which involved hiring a dance instructor to teach us the Jitterbug and Charleston while dressed up in full costume – it was a blast. That was my first experience going back in time.
Fast forward to today. I’m part of a committee which puts on a big fundraiser once a year with a theme. As it so happens the theme everyone decided on for this year’s gala is Art Deco. So I can’t wait to get dressed up in some kind of attire that will invoke a refined elegance. Should be lots of fun with some research involved.
Until then I will share some images of things I find interesting from that time period.
Funny; polka dots never go out of style. Maybe my next dog will be a Dalmation.