The Fate of a Flirt
The Fate of a Flirt is a romantic comedy cutting across classes which is effectively illustrated in this playful poster design. The poster features Dorothy Revier in an intricate flapper-style dress controlling three miniature gentlemen in tuxedos and top hats like marionettes, emphasising the control she yields over them.
It is an effective and daring image at a time when society was increasingly concerned about the morals and behaviour of flappers. The title, however, suggests that the emancipated, free-spirited central character is eventually subdued. This is perhaps illustrated by the small circular frame at the bottom right which focuses on a man bringing a woman in for a kiss, a stark contrast with the woman’s influence over the other men in the main image.
The overall design has delightful art deco elements, a style that came into fashion in 1925.