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George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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"His vision defined the backdrop of Café Society and reverberates to this day." Veranda
"Combining lofty antiques with humble pieces, society decorator George Stacey pioneered the 'high-low' look--in the 1930s." The Wall Street Journal
"Arguably the most important decorator since Elsie de Wolfe... the book examines Stacey's life and work alongside chic images of his most famous clients, including Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley, Grace Kelly..." The Houston Chronicle
"And as for the Society women who were his cherished clients, they too have gone into the world of night. As one of Proust's biographers has noted, "Even the greatest hostess is forgotten when the last of her guests dies."
Now comes Maureen Footer, a decorator and a worthy successor to Stacey, to place him on his proper pedestal. It's not a small one, and this is not a slight book. George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic is wide-ranging, almost scholarly, correctly connecting the dots between design and culture." Jesse Kornbluth, The Head Butler
"Stacey had a lasting impact on 20th-century decorating--in addition to an impressive client list."--New York Cottages and Gardens
About the Author
Maureen Footer studied French decorative arts and design at the Ecole du Louvre. She worked at McMillen Inc. and Molyneux before establishing her own design firm. Legendary American decorator Mario Buatta is internationally renowned for his "Undecorated Look."
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The photographs themselves will make you salivate. I knew of Stacey only slightly before I picked up this book. It's made me a convert- 50 or so years too late. I think you will find, too, that Stacey's approach and ideas are as fresh and relevant today as they were when he was designing for the Cheney's, Astors and Paleys.