“Erté was brought up in St. Petersburg. In 1912 he went to Paris, where he briefly collaborated with Parisian couturier Paul Poiret. He then became a costume designer and began selling his pen-and-ink and gouache fashion illustrations to American fashion houses.”
Erté captures the essence of the art deco period. His figures are glamorous and are earnestly recognizable. His body of work is still influential in theater, fashion and art even to this day.