art deco

noun, often capitalized A&D
art de·​co | \ ˌärt-ˈde-ˌkō; ˌär(t)-dā-ˈkō, ˈär(t)-ˈdā-(ˌ)\

Definition of art deco

: a popular design style of the 1920s and 1930s characterized especially by bold outlines, geometric and zigzag forms, and the use of new materials (such as plastic)

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Miami has no shortage of epic photo spots—why hello there, art deco—but one of the most colorful outdoor stopovers is Wynwood Walls. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 16 most Instagrammable places in U.S. cities," 18 July 2018 In Chicago alone, the credit enabled developers to restore a virtual honor roll of historic buildings, among them the art deco Chicago Board of Trade and the modernist Inland Steel Building. Blair Kamin,, "A small win for preserving the past: General Assembly backs an expansion of state tax credit," 1 June 2018 Also on display is the Queen Mary tiara, an art deco-style diamond-and-platinum tiara that first belonged to Queen Mary, and was worn by Princess Margaret. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Outfits Will Go On Public Display," 29 Aug. 2018 Vintage makeup from the art deco era was all about simplicity. Jamie Beckman, Allure, "Backstage Beauty Secrets From the Cast and Crew of Hamilton and Sleep No More," 13 Aug. 2018 News of the request for proposals, which are due on May 16, came Monday (April 16), nearly three years after former Gov. Bobby Jindal scuttled the sale of the art deco building on Tulane Avenue four months before the end of his final term. Kevin Litten,, "Charity Hospital redevelopment back out for bid," 16 Apr. 2018 Another is the art deco Dallas Theater, the city's former downtown movie theater that was restored as a multi-purpose performing arts and event facility. Brian O'shea, ajc, "Where is Dallas, Ga.?," 20 May 2018 But Copeland wonders whether a separate district is needed to protect Germantown Avenue’s distinctive mixture of colonial, Victorian, art deco, and modernist commercial buildings. Inga Saffron,, "Philadelphia's housing boom finally reaches Mount Airy. Can it avoid the mistakes of other neighborhoods? | Inga Saffron," 17 May 2018 The cost for the two-and-a-half-hour walking tour, which includes six stops and a trip through Miami Beach’s art deco district, is $56 for adults and $39 for children ages 7-13. Roxana A. Soto, USA TODAY, "Sample regional flavors with culinary experts," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of art deco

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for art deco

French Art Déco, from Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, an exposition of modern decorative and industrial arts held in Paris, France, in 1925

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: a style of art, design, and architecture that uses bold lines and simple shapes

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