Born in 1871 Dorchester, England, Harold Edward Hughes Nelson is probably best known for his heraldic style and postage stamps designs. He studied at both the Lambeth School of Art and the Central School of Arts and Design. He was a prolific man working as an artist, illustrator, etcher, engraver, designer and lecturer. Illustrating postage stamps, advertisements, magazines, books and bookplates. One of his many notable achievements is illustrating the novel, A Real Queen’s Fairy Tales, authored by the Queen of Romania.
Mr. Nelson was strongly influenced by the styles of the times. During the early 1900s his work incorporated Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau elements. Then by the 1930s his work embodied the Art Deco ethos. This only made is work stronger allowing him to choose from variety styles that would best suit the content.
Paul Iribe was a French Illustrator, cartoonist, designer, decorator, and art director. Starting his illustration career at the very young age of seventeen, he contributed work for papers such as L’Assiette au Beurre Rire, and Sourire. He and a small group of other illustrators, influenced by the art deco movement and Japanese painting, were reawakening the public’s attention of fashion plates. Iribe’s style worked hand-in-hand with fashion designer Paul Poiret’s modern ideas to popularise Poiret’s rather radical relaxed line of clothing. The controversy around the collection ultimately bought publicity and success to both Poiret and Iribe.
Paul Iribe continued to work in fashion, designing for theatre, jewellery, textiles and even opening a decorative art store in the heart of Paris. In 1919 he moved to New York where his work gained a new audience, and further popularity amongst the American fashionistas. His trendy art deco style was being published in the American Vogue, and he open another store on Fifth Avenue.
By the 1930s Iribe had moved back to Frances and began working on numerous projects, including books, furniture design, and jewellery. He became romantically involved with fashion designer Coco Chanel, she became his muse, often drawing women in her likeness for his journal Le Témoin. He also worked with Chanel in 1932 creating an extravagant jewellery collection produced by her couture house. Iribes died just a few years later in 1935 of a heart attack.