Size: 7.5 x 9.5 inches
Artist: Georges Lepape
The Gazette du Bon Ton, put out by the retailer of the same name, was considered the trendsetting magazine of the era. Artists vied for the prestige of illustrating the latest trends in Parisian fashion and as these pages attest, the high style and iconic femininity made the items featured "must have's" - right down to the chair in the park and the pocket-sized pooch!
Illustrated here by Georges Lepape is an interesting character holding a child's shirt in their well-manicured red nails. On the table, amongst the stylish Art Deco jar and a pipe, is a lit cigarette emitting a slim column of smoke. The caption reads: "Le Futur Père; Petit négligé du matin" which translates to: "Future father: small morning negligee." Georges Lepape (1887-1971) was a fashion illustrator, poster artist, and engraver whose artistic career reached its apex in the 1930s. He was an important figure in the world of fashion illustration, contributing to Gazette du bon ton, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Femina, and Vogue.
Original plate 31 printed on fine vergé paper from the April 1914 publication of Gazette du Bon Ton No. 4, edited by Lucien Vogel. Lithograph with hand-applied colour. Page measures 7.5 x 9.5 inches and has slight discoloration around the edge of the image from when the plate was previously framed.