The High Style of Dorothy Draper

May 25 - August 6, 2006

  • 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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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.


    The High Style of Dorothy Draper is made possible by the generous support of The Patricia Miller Anton and William Conrad Anton Foundation, Benjamin Moore & Co., Bergdorf Goodman, Friederike K. Biggs, Owen Cheatham Foundation, Egan Family Foundation, The Greenbrier Resort and Spa, Merv Griffin, The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Thomas S. Kenan III, Kindel Furniture Company, Sheila Labrecque, The Nederlander Organization, New York Design Center, Susan and Robert P. Ross, Jr., Marlyne Sexton, Tupperware Brands Corporation, The Carleton Varney Design Group, Ficks Reed, Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, The Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods, Robb & Stucky Interiors, Helena Rubinstein Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brock, Laura Hunt, Susan Lloyd, Arthur L. Loeb, Zack McKown & Calvin Tsao, Agnes Montz, M.D., O'Sullivan Antiques, Robert A. M. Stern, Helen S. Tucker, and Roger Tuckerman.

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