Art Deco Decadence: The S.S. Normandie

Last Friday, the South Street Seaport Museum opened an exhibition of DecoDence: Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie. The S.S. Normandie was the epitome of Art Deco-era style and sophistication—the largest, fastest and most glamorous of the so-called “floating palaces” of the early and mid-20th century. Normandie was an ocean-going ambassador of French culture, design and stylistic prowess.

The exhibition runs through January 2011 and features original interior works by the famous Deco artists that beautified her decks, showing visitors just why Normandie captured the imagination of the world before her tragic end in 1942. The displays also showcase original furnishings, rare passenger photographs, video footage, voyage logs, uniforms, fashion accessories, and commemorative items from Normandie’s maiden voyage.

Enthusiasts may also bid on Normandie memorabilia such as Lalique crystal stemware and silver table accessories at Swann's March 4 auction of the Christopher Bou Collection of Ocean Liner & Aviation Memorabilia.

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