Sisteraas she was always called by family and friendsawas born Dorothy May Kinnicutt into a patrician New York family in 1910 and spent her privileged early life at the right schools, yacht clubs, and coming-out parties. Compelled to work during the lean years of the Depression, Sister combined her innate design ability with her upper-echelon social connections to create an extraordinarily successful interior decorating business. The Parish-Hadley firmas list of clients reads like an American Whoas Who, starting with Astors, Kennedys, Paleys, Rockefellers, and Whitneys. She helped Jacqueline Kennedy transform the White House from a fusty hodge-podge into a historically authentic symbol of American elegance. For her clients, she was an indispensable presence, both in their salons and designing them. Sisteras style, marked by cozy, airy, colorful, but understated elegance, came to be known as qAmerican country, q and its influence continues to this day. Compiled by Apple Parish Bartlett (one of Sisteras daughters) and Susan Bartlett Crater (a granddaughter) from Sisteras own unpublished memoirs, as well as from hundreds of interviews with family members, friends, staff, world-renowned interior designers (Mark Hampton, Mario Buatta, Keith Irvine, Bunny Williams, and her long-time partner Albert Hadley, among many others), and clients (Annette de la Renta, Glenn Bernbaum, Mrs. Thomas Watson, et al.), Sister Parish takes the reader right into the housesaand the livesaof some of the most fascinating and famous people of this inimitable womanas time. Long out of print, this acclaimed biographyaa New York Times Notable Bookaof the doyenne of American interior design is once again available to acquaint a whole new generation of designers and design lovers with the charismatic woman who redefined interior design in America. Fully updated, the revised edition features a new Foreword by Albert Hadley and an Appreciation by Bunny Williams, who began her career at Parish-Hadley. A New York Times Notable Book Praise for Sister Parish: qSister Parishas reminiscences, along with those of her friends and admirers, bear a remarkable resemblance to what one remembers about her interior decoratingawarm, personable, cozy, thoughtful, harmonious, satisfying, impeccable. An enchanting compilation.qaGeorge Plimpton qIn my novel People Like Us, I based the character of the famous society decorator Cora Mandell on Sister Parish. Apple Parish Bartlett and Susan Bartlett Crater have presented a loving portrait of her, as well as a superb social history of her era.qaDominick Dunne qIf you love design, history and a good biography, you are sure to enjoy this book!qaAnnechovie blog qWhat makes this biography so enjoyable is that it compiles Sister's own unpublished memoirs with stories from family members, friends, staff, clients and world-renowned interior designers. . . . All generations of decorators and designers will appreciate this look at the life of this American icon.q aFrom the Right Bank blog qCompiled from Sister's unpublished memoirs and augmented by many interviews with friends, family, staff and fellow design icons, it is a wonderful insider look at an era and a life.q aQuintessence blog qThis book is a MUST HAVE for any design library of substance or design student.q aArchitect Design blogApple Parish Bartlett and Susan Bartlett Crater have presented a loving portrait of her, as well as a superb social history of her era.aquot;aDominick Dunne aquot;If you love design, history and a good biography, you are sure to enjoy this book! ...
|Author||:||Apple Parish Bartlett, Susan Bartlett Crater, Bunny Williams|
|Publisher||:||Abrams - 2012-10-28|