"Dorothy Draper was to decorating what Chanel was to fashion," former protégé & Dorothy Draper & Co. President Carleton Varney says about the legendary decorator and author. "She took a world that was drab and dreary and made it colorful."
Colorful is an understatement. Big florals, bold stripes, bright hues, and ornate details are Draper's signature style. In a time where decorating was confined to "period rooms," she gave birth to the industry as we know it with her talent, flair, and social status. Through her famous interiors, fabrics, furniture, and books, she reminds us, even today, that decorating is fun.