This is an original vintage Art Deco print by the famed illustrator George Barbier. Barbier was perhaps the leading illustrator of haute couture fashion during the 1920’s and his works are highly recognizable, desirable and collectible. Best known for his colored fashion plates published as “pochoirs” or stencils in “La Gazette de BonTon”, Barbier also designed theater sets, ballet and costume designs and many story illustrations. This print is typical Barbier. It was part of a series called “Romantic Heroines” which Barbier illustrated in 1924. This illustration is a classic French 18th century costume design for Mademoiselle de Maupin. Mademoiselle Maupin was an opera singer whose tumultuous career and flamboyant life were the subject of gossip and colorful stories in her own time. The illustration has iconic Art Deco styling and detail. Elaborate patterns and exquisite details are evident in the costume designs in this period piece. Graceful, luxurious, extravagant, stylized elements embellish the hairstyles, the clothing, and the background setting of the illustration.
This print originally appeared in a story in French periodical in 1924. It is signed by Barbier in the lithograph stone in his trademark “scroll” in the lower left corner. The print is pristine with good color. It is perfect for an Art Deco connoisseur, a costume designer or the Barbier collector. It is 8 x 9 ¼ inches in size. It is original to 1924 and NOT a recent reproduction. It is in A+ condition and is custom matted in a neutral 16 x 20 inch mat and works perfectly in a standard size frame. A companion print is available (AD28); contact us for special pricing for the pair.
Original Art Deco costume designs by Barbier