The High Life and High Style of Dorothy Draper
by Carleton Varney
It is entirely thanks to NetGalley that I know who Dorothy Draper is. There was a recently published novel about her and, for those who want a non-fiction account, there is The Draper Touch. I feel that the two titles very much complement each other. A plus of The Draper Touch is that it was written by someone who knew Dorothy well. There are also many photos in this work and I very much enjoyed looking at those.
This title is a reissue and I am so glad that it was put back in print. It offers a biography written by someone who knew and admired the designer and a chance to dwell in her most interesting world.
For those who do not know, Dorothy was friends with those in the highest echelons including President Taft’s daughter. She was married (and divorced) from one of FDR’s close friend. Dorothy was raised conventionally but wanted her own unique life. She became a well-known designer. One great achievement of her was her work on the Greenbrier Resort.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Shannongrove Press for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 29 Jun 2022