Color us delighted

The adult coloring book craze – WAG explored the subject in editor-in-chief Georgette Gouveia’s August 2016 story – continues to flourish.

And a most elegant entry into the field, set to be released June 13, will have fans of Art Deco practically swooning.

“The Age of Glamour: An Art Deco Coloring Book” is published by Thames & Hudson in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The charming volume takes an artistic look at the boom and bust of the 1920s and ’30s, a time when design traditions of the past lived alongside a modern sensibility.

The book, a 96-page, soft-cover edition ($19.95) explores the breadth of the era through everything from abstract designs to intricate patterns to the most fanciful fashion plates.

International in scope, the book features illustrations by Georges Barbier and Robert Bonfils from the V&A’s impressive collection. Full-color reproductions of the original designs are interspersed among more than 40 line drawings that welcome readers’ own creativity.

A short introduction puts the designs in historic and artistic context, while thumbnails at the book’s conclusion fully identify all the images for those looking to pursue the topic further.

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– Mary Shustack

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