The Draper Touch
The High Life and High Style of Dorothy Draper
$ 100.00 hardcover
368 pages, 7 1/4 x 9
full-color photographs, b&w photographs
A must have for those fascinated with the history of the interior design business as well as the history of New York City, where Draper lived and designed some of her most famous projects such as the Carlyle Hotel
Features personal and archival photographs by fashion and society photographers Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton and Andre Kértéz whose images were published in the 1920s in Vogue magazine. Insightful texts are based on interviews with Draper’s family, former staff of the company and the author’s personal memories of Dorothy Draper who was referred to as the “Duchess of Decorating.” Extensive appendices that include never-before-seen Draper documents.
Designer and interior decorator Dorothy Draper’s color-filled life story is one of high society, money, gossip, and throughout it all, reinvention. Carleton Varney has owned and directed Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc., for almost 60 years. He worked with Mrs. Draper at the end of her illustrious career, and wrote the only biography of her life, The Draper Touch: The High Life and High Style of Dorothy Draper, in 1988. In the book, Varney sets the scene and defines the milieu that Draper was born into in 1889 and from which she escaped to become one of America’s leaders in design—a true visionary entrepreneur. Thirty-three years later, Shannongrove Press is releasing this deluxe edition of The Draper Touch. With a new foreword by Varney, newly found photographs, recently discovered historical documents from a private collection, and archival ephemera from Draper’s family, this beautiful tome reveals Draper’s fascinating journey and the real stories behind her ground-breaking work.