Marcel Vertès (10th August 1895 – 31st October 1961) was versatile. He was a costume designer, portraitist, muralist, satirist, ceramicist, author and illustrator.
Vertès was Born in Budapest in 1895. After serving his country in World War I he abandoned plans to study law and made his way to Paris to become an artist, as he later told Vogue, to paint women in the nude.
In the 1930s his work began to appear in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and he made perfume Ads for Elsa Schiaperelli with whom he had a long association. He left Europe, having been discharged in 1940 from the 221st Workers' Regiment of the French Army, for New York where he set up a studio on West 57th Street. He continued his work in fashion and made murals for the Café Carlyle. He won two Oscars for his work on the sets and costumes for Moulin Rouge, John Huston's 1952 biopic of Toulouse-Lautrec.
He returned to Paris in the late 1950s and it was there that he died in 1961 having served on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.