Top Hat had its 1935 premiere at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall. Perfect, because the decor of the production interiors matched the decor of the theatre.
Both are masterpieces of Art Deco, a visual aesthetic that pervaded the early to mid 20th century and created wonderful designs of everything from buildings to automobiles, to fashion, to household appliances. The interiors (and costumes!) in Top Hat are pure Art Deco. They are streamlined, soaring, elegant, beautifully crafted — shamelessly and confidently modern.
Chrysler Building 1930
William Van Alen: Architect
Rather like these two, don’t you think?