Monday, April 26, 2010

The Great Lady Decorators

I recently purchased a great design book titled The Great Lady Decorators: The Women Who Defined Interior Design, 1870-1955. The book, written by Adam Lewis, is a tribute to all the pioneer women who became active in the field of design and interior decorating during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Candace Wheeler, Elsie De Wolf to Sister Parish. The book contains amazing illustrations by Jeremiah Goodman, and a foreword by Bunny Williams.

In the acknowledgment page, Lewis wrote:
“It would have been a far more difficult task to write this book without Albert Hadley. He knew each of the Great Lady Decorators personally, visited their shops, and was a guest in their homes.”

Being an admirer of design icons who paved the way to establishing interior design as a profession-from whom we learn so much in their varying points of view- I can only imagine knowing Albert Hadley, let alone others like Ruby Ross Wood, Elsie Cobb Wilson, Dorothy Draper, Frances Elkins, Rose Cumming, Thedlow and Marian Hall, Syrie Maugham, Nancy Lancaster, Madeleine Castaing, and Eleanor Brown.
Photography by  Amal for Picture of Elegance Blog

1 comment:

Sanity Fair said...

I'm getting my hands on this book - I've heard from several that it's an inspiration. And beautiful too!


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