I have been asked to make a cake for a ladies 60th birthday and the theme is 1920's art deco fashion. I am finding it quite hard to find an apropriate figure to put on the cake. Any ideas?
i don't know if this will help, but here are two links to art deco fashions for inspiration:
and for art deco motifs, you should check out dover's books at the library or the craft store for inspiration:
i love their books for ideas, especially (of all things, lol) their clip art books. lots of great ideas there.
i was toodling around on flickr still thinking about your post and i found this:
this one is a wedding cake, but you could take inspiration from the idea and adapt it .
ooohhhh... the great gatsby era!!!
and on Mike McCary's site http://www.mikesamazingcakes.com/
the top left cake on the opening menu page is art deco in style, as also the first wedding cake (sliver w/ airplane) in the wedding cake gallery
Let's see, Sugarflowers (Michelle Foster) did a roaring 20s cake: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=66241
Also I'm going to give you a trade secret -- you mustn't tell anyone! Tom Tierney has a number of paper doll books that I have strictly for use for cookie inspiration. One of them is "Art Deco Fashions" (available at Amazon.com). http://www.amazon.com/dp/048644158X/?tag=cakecentral-20
I'm also a big fan of clip art books (usually in a corner at Barnes and Noble) and they have several art deco books there too. Hope that helps and be sure to post a pix!!