This intimate portrait of Mrs. Henry Parish II -- known to friends as Sister -- chronicles one woman's remarkable life and ground-breaking career. In doing so it paints a unique portrait of American high society and recounts the transformation of an art form.
Dorothy May Kinnicutt was born into a patrician New York family in 1910, and her privileged early life was one of the right schools, yacht clubs, coming-out parties, and the Social Register. Compelled to work during the lean years of the Depression, Sister combined her innate design ability and her high-echelon social connections to create an extraordinarily successful interior decorating business. Her firm, Parish-Hadley, served a list of clients that comprised the creme de la creme of American aristocracy, among them Rockefellers, Astors, and Whitneys. For these clients, she was an indispensable presence, both in their salons and in designing them. Sister's style, influenced by her family's summer house in Maine, came to be known as "American country." Its reflection of her deeply felt Yankee roots influenced an entire generation of American decorators.
Sister was an enormously charismatic woman who redefined American design. To the public at large, she was the visionary who helped transform Jacqueline Kennedy's White House from a fusty relic of the fifties into the international symbol of American elegance -- Camelot. To Apple Parish Bartlett and Susan Bartlett Crater, she was a mother and grandmother. Drawing upon Sister Parish's own unpublished memoirs, as well as hundreds of interviews with world-renowned interior decorators and socialities, Bartlett and Crater take readers into the houses -- and the lives -- of the most famous and powerful people of this unforgettable woman's time.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.74(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.24(d)|
About the Author
Apple Bartlett is an artist and shop owner living in Boston, MA and Islesboro, ME. Susan Bartlett Crater is an artist living outside of New York City.