The High Style of Dorothy Draper
May 25 - August 6, 2006
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Dorothy Draper was a pioneer in interior design, dominating the field not only in New York but nationwide from 1925 to 1960. Extending her influence far beyond residential interiors, Draper made her mark on city hotels, resorts, offices, department stores, and apartment buildings—she even styled automobile and airplane interiors. And she was thoroughly modern in that she approached design as entertainment—a themed experience that ranged from a room's architecture to its furnishings, menus, and matchbooks. That she was a woman makes her achievements all the more remarkable, succeeding at a time when she had few counterparts in the business world. The High Style of Dorothy Draper examines many aspects of this remarkable woman's life and career, featuring rare drawings, sample books, vintage photographs, and furnishings.