I thought French illustrator, George Barbier, would be appropriate for this week. I’m a big fan of Barbier’s illustrations, fashion design, set design and branding. His work is so romantic, but with a wink and a tongue-in-cheek play on words. I love his plumes, fainting, androgyny, gowns, sly looks and dramatic gestures. Most of the illustrations below are from his aptly named 1920s publication, Falbalas et Fanfreluches (Ruffles & Frills). George Barbier’s work with Erté and the evolution of the Cartier panther emblem are so fantastic to take in. I find it fascinating that he had his hand in so many industries. I’d love to find more information about him–I wonder how many of his illustrations were depictions of high society, friends, colleagues or public figures of the day. He was such a talented and very clever fellow.
All illustrations by George Barbier.