Italian Futurisist Artist and graphic designer Fortunato Depero was responsible for this men's waistcoat which he did in 1930, shortly after returning to Italy from several years in New York. Futurism had as its prime goal a celebration of the dynamism of modern technology, and so it attempted to divorce itself from traditional image forms. This piece has a fierce energy to it, and is also expertly constructed. The surface is elaborately pieced, but there are no connecting points that are not smooth. In that too it holds up Futurist ideals that connect directly to the precision of machine production. This would be plenty edgy now, but in its time this was seriously avant garde. The movement, which began in 1909 lost favor and dissipated after it became connected in the public's mind with the rise of Fascism in the 1930s.
It was one of the first times that women had the freedom to express themselves with such abandon. Far more frankly sexy, somewhat aggressive, and far less willing to sideline themselves, it was a major step along the path to equality. Sure the options for women were still limited, but expanding all the time. Women were in the work force, going to college, and engaging in active sports to an unprecedented degree. These party hearty girls were in their way, moving the conversation forward.
That's the wrap, folks for this week. So, go out and have yourselves some fun!