Romain de Tirtoff was born in November of 1892 in Russia. He earned the nickname Erte from the French pronunciation of his initials. He was actually born Roman Petrovich Tyrtov to a father who was an admiral in the Russian Fleet. In 1907 he spent a year outside of Russia in Paris. This is where he began in the arts starting with sculpture where he created his first. In 1910 he moved back to Paris to become a designer where he lived with Prince Nicolas Ouroussoff. At the time he sought employment with Paul Poiret and landed it in 1913 working there through 1914. In 1915 he began designing costumes and stage sets as well as covers for Harper's Bazaar. In 1925 he headed to Hollywood to work on silent film sets and costume designs. It wasn't until late in his career where he branched out from Harpers and costume/ set design into prints, bronzes, and his wearable art, jewelry! The jewelry fit the typical Art Deco revival style.