Sketch for a print from the collection of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I've been discussing the modernistic idea of
the brushstroke for its own sake. Few textile designers worked in
more painterly fashion than Marcel Vertès.
Marcel Vertès (1895–1961),
photo by Carl Van Vechten,
Restored Vertès murals in the Carlyle Cafe
in New York City
Vertès, born in Hungary, was one of many expatriate
Parisians during World War I and into the mid-20th-century.
Inspired by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
he drew and painted the nightlife of the city.
Vertès's illustrations became the image
of Elsa Schiaparelli's perfumes.
Vertès spent about a decade in the U.S.
during and after the second World War, adapting
his style to high-fashion fabric.
Claudette Colbert in a Vertès print, about
Vertès, Vegetable Girl,
a scarf for Wesley Simpson
Wesley Simpson ad for Vertès scarves.
Note how the scarf was worn.
Vertès designs were a hit at the recent London
exhibit Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol at
the Fashion and Textile Museum.
Vogue fashion illustration, set by Vertès.
He won academy awards for art direction
and costumes for the 1952 film Moulin Rouge,
a biography of Toulouse-Lautrec.
See more Vertès designs at the Metropolitan Museum of