Diva, Designer, Draper

Before queer eyes went on national television to teach straight guys and gals the difference between a fauteuil and a footstool, Dorothy Draper, queen of all tastemakers, dictated good design. She — not Lilly Pulitzer, mind you — was the first to suggest that chartreuse and turquoise went together better than peanut butter and chocolate. And it was Draper who dared to pair chintz with bold stripes and go into business for herself during the early twenties, establishing the first interior design company in the United States. Learn all about her drawings, sample books, vintage photographs, and furnishings at the “In the Pink” exhibit at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), Wednesdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission. Call 954-525-5500, or visit www.moafl.org.
Feb. 15-June 23, 2008
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Riki Altman