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Varney, Carleton, The Draper Touch The High Life & High Style of Dorothy Draper, New York, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1988, first edition, 8vo (9.5" x 7.5"), HB, red paper boards w/ tan cloth spine in red dj w/ photo of Draper, VG+ / VG+. Bottom corners bumped.

xv + 282 pp. Biography of this elite interior decorator known for her daring style.
From the Dust jacket: "Dorothy Draper was outrageous, controversial, irreverent, and the top interior decorator of her time. The great-great-granddaughter of Oliver Wolcott-whose signature is on the Declaration of Independence-Dorothy Draper was born in 1889 in the exclusive community of Tuxedo Park, New York. Brought up where beautiful surroundings were a birthright, she broke with tradition by turning her aesthetic sense into a profitable career. And what a career. Dorothy Draper reinvented the profession of interior decorating. Rejecting the dowdy color schemes of the Edwardian era, she made brilliant colors, big floral patterns, and bold contrasts her trademark. At a time when creating a perfect period setting was a decorator's goal, she dismissed the use of antiques as an insecurity; ignoring historical accuracy, her advice was to "jumble periods cheerfully." An iconoclast who thought nothing of telling clients to dye antique Persian rugs, Draper's interiors formed the backdrop to the elite of her day. When Dorothy Draper transformed three row houses on New York's Sutton Place, she changed the then shabby neighborhood into one of the most prestigious in Manhattan. The pinnacle of her career was perhaps the renovation of the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, and its opening in 1948 was a great social event. America's wealthiest families were there: Along with Vanderbilts, Astors, and Whitneys, the guests of honor were the duke and duchess of Windsor. Draper had designed everything from the servants' uniforms to the ballroom chandelier. Though given to moments of frivolity, Dorothy Draper's patrician manner seemed grand and uncompromising, often alienating her staff as well as clients. Many of her professional colleagues were unimpressed: The architect Frank Uoyd Wright was so appalled by her taste that he publicly called her an "inferior desecrator." But whatever her detractors said, there were many for whom her word was the final one. Through her writing in Good Housekeeping and widespread imitation of her style, her influence spread far beyond her original base on New York's Up- per East Side, until millions of Americans had in some way experienced the Draper touch. CARLETON V ARNEY is president of Dorothy Draper & Company Inc., the trendsetting firm founded by Dorothy Draper. He is dean of the Carleton Varney School of Art and Design at the University of Charleston, West Virginia; has served as design consultant to the White House; and is curator of the USS Sequoia, the presidential yacht. Mr. Varney is the father of three sons and resides in Europe and America. The Draper Touch is Mr. Varney's seventeenth book."
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