The ‘Patterson Girl’ is a depiction of the Golden Twenties Jazz Age Woman often set in an art deco scene. Drawn by illustrator (and cartoonist and set designer) Russell Patterson during the 1920s and 1930s, these beautiful fashioned-attuned ‘girl-goddesses’ were featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan and many other leading magazines. At a time where leading graphic artists were as celebrated (and influential) as movie stars a ‘Patterson Girl’ was a lifestyle representation which paved the way for the iconic ‘Flapper’ subculture; attractive, reckless, sexually liberal women who flaunted their disdain for what was then considered socially acceptable behavior.
As celebrated as the ‘Gibson Girl’ had been decades before, ‘Patterson Girls’ were fashionably and independent and women of that time turned to Patterson’s work to follow trends in clothing, jewelry and cosmetics.
Though Patterson never got the same recognition as his contemporaries John Held or Charles Schulz did, he was incredibly talentend and his work, by far and large a wonderful thing.