Although synonymous with 1920s and the 30s the Art Deco style had begun to emerge in
France prior to the advent of the First World War. But during these interwar years the style
had both evolved and been adopted by an international elite as the perfect expression of
modern opulence and elegance. This was an age typified by American Jazz, cocktails, the
Charleston, speakeasies, Hollywood, Skyscrapers and, above all, glamour. It was also a period
of great technological advances in engineering and transportation with the quest for speed both
on land, sea and in the air.