Monday, September 22, 2014

Modern Print Monday: Dorothy Draper

I found this printed plaid in my stash of fifties fabrics.
It's a printed plaid signed Dorothy Draper for Schumacher's.
The piece is Tropical Plaid in a lime green colorway and the 
B next to her name begins the word Brazilliance.

Here's a period ad. You were to use it with shocking
pink bedspreads.

It's quite large in scale. Wish I had more than a 1/4 yard.

Dorothy Tuckerman Draper (1889-1969)

Draper was from a wealthy family in Tuxedo Park, New York. That breeding and good taste
were the basis for an impressive design career

with a distinctive mid-20th-century look. Draper
was a transition between Elsie DeWolfe and
Tony Duquette.

The Palm Leaf from the "Brazilliance" line
has been reprinted.

Draper gave decorating advice at Good Housekeeping
magazine. She collected her ideas
on style and doing-it-yourself in her popular
book Decorating is Fun!

It looks like she had a lot of fun mixing
color, pattern and oversize line with
classical curves in her decor for the Greenbriar
Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

A signature touch was her use of rococo plaster

Fairmont Hotel Lobby, San Francisco,
in its Dorothy Draper incarnation

Cast aluminum chair for the Fairmont's
restaurant by Dorothy Draper

She typified modern

Wicker Wonderland print


  1. She was the decorator for the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. If you look here you can see it still has her decor in all the rooms, halls and everywhere. Just love her style, she used a lot of red geraniums for the theme.

  2. That's some of the best plaid I've ever seen. Love it with the pink spreads.