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My project considers ocean liner design between the World Wars. It begins by considering a shift in design from prewar liners to the Ile de France, examining the reasons by this shift by looking to the 1925 Paris Exhibition of Decorative and Industrial Arts. In the second chapter, I examine the Normandie, widely considered one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever built. By utilizing technological advancements while also maintaining a high level of luxury, the Normandie epitomized the industrial and the decorative. Finally, I consider the promotional art for ocean liners, and I argue they can be understood by looking to the driving ideas behind the 1927 Machine Age Exhibition and the Museum of Modern Art's 1934 Machine Art Exposition.
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McFadden, Colin Liam, "Crossing in Style: Interwar Ocean Liner Design" (2013). Senior Projects Spring 2013. 376.