During its peak of popularity the Art Deco mode expressed luxury, glamor, and a profound social faith in technological progress; attributes shared with the Queen Mary and its breakthrough engineering and artistic design. Her launch and sea-going presence on the world stage coincided with the movement’s brash embrace of the new while reminiscing about the grandeur of the past. Arguably, the Queen Mary remains the world’s greatest example of mobile Art Deco design.
11th Annual Art Deco Festival at The Queen Mary – September 4-7
The 11th Annual Art Deco Festival, in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, returns September 4-7. The festival brings the 1920s through 1940s into the 21st century with elaborate parties, musical entertainment, vintage dress experiences, food and beverage tastings, Art Deco tours, lectures and more.
The weekend’s activities span all aspects of Art Deco and its influence on everything from fashion, music, and cuisine to art and culture. Festivalgoers can explore the tastes of the age at the popular Prohibition Mixology Tastings or the all-new Chef’s Tastings of the Times, a cooking demonstration and sampling of 1930s comfort foods. For the collectibles enthusiast, the Travel Showcase features vintage cars while a new lounge area displays antiques and old-fashioned games. A colorful Bazaar offers guests take home keepsakes with an array of hard-to-find goods and even a pop-up hair salon for the complete vintage look.
The soundtrack of the times goes live at the Gatsby Daze Garden Party – an afternoon of dancing to 20s chart toppers with the 11-piece Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra. Grammy-winning Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys will waltz and foxtrot through Sunday’s Tea Dance while the Dean Mora Orchestra performs at the most glamorous event of the weekend, the Grand Art Deco Ball. From the cabaret dancers at the Bootlegger’s Bash or the Satin Dollz at the Martini Bar, abundant live entertainment brings the era to life. Classic cocktails, and moonshine accompany jazz, swing, and big band music weekend-long.
Daily lectures cover Art Deco topics and walking tours examine the ship’s design elements and artworks – a living art history collection. “The weekend turns back time onboard and allows Art Deco lovers to appreciate the elegance of the glittering past with the Queen Mary as the perfect setting,” says John Thomas, President of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and Queen Mary Historic Consultant. “Annually increasing festival attendance and enthusiastic participation is confirmation that Art Deco is still relevant today and has inspired us to deliver a festival that is better than ever,” adds John Thomas.
More information: http://queenmary.com/events/art-deco-festival/