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Author, Historian, and Interior Designer, Adam Lewis will combine images of strikingly beautiful interior designs with sparkling social history to tell the stories of the visionary women whose work shaped the principles of modern interior decorating.
While society dictated that a woman’s place was in the home, even into the late nineteenth century, women were not consulted on the decorating of that home. The male architects who designed the exteriors, and the men who owned the homes, oversaw the interior décor as well.
All this changed in 1870 when Candace Wheeler defined herself as an “interior decorator,” establishing that women, who best understood the daily functions of a house, were more than capable of decorating its interiors. Thus began the era of “The Great Lady Decorators,” encompassing the careers of such legendary designers as Elsie de Wolfe, Dorothy Draper, Rose Cumming, and Sister Parish. Lewis’ presentation explores the groundbreaking design theories within their historical perspective of these and other female designing luminaries.
Refreshments and open discussion with Mr. Lewis will follow the presentation. Admission for non-members of The Greenwich Antiques Society is $20.
The Greenwich Antiques Society is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the knowledge and appreciation of the decorative and fine arts. It provides lectures, seminars, and enriching excursions to nearby museums, collections, historical houses and gardens.