'Tabulous Tastemakers'

Women’s History Month ~ Nancy Lancaster

March 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Nancy Lancaster

 

Nancy Lancaster was a force to be reckoned with, born in Virginia Nancy made her mark in the world after she moved to England with her second husband. Nancy Lancaster is often credited with creating the English Country Home look as well as helping found the decorating firm of Colefax & Fowler. The country house look is known for using color, chintz fabrics, antiques. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are remembering Nancy Lancaster and her work in design. For a more in-depth look at Lancaster click here to see a post I did on her life in September 2015.

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Queen Elizabeth II

March 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Queen Elizabeth II

 

We continue celebrating Women’s History Month this March with a look today at a woman who has seen it all, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth is now the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain having celebrated her Sapphire Anniversary on the throne earlier this year. The mother of four children is not only known as a Monarch but also a fashionista and a trendsetter, her taste in fashion has been watched closely since she was a Princess and especially after ascending the throne in 1952. For a more in-depth look at Queen Elizabeth click here to read a post I did on her in April 2016 for her 90th birthday. 

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Edith Wharton

March 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Edith Wharton

 

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March we are looking at women who have succeeded in the world of design, women like author and designer Edith Wharton. Wharton is known for the beautiful novels she wrote focusing on the “Gilded Age” of America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wharton also worked in the field of Interior Design and wrote books on home decor and design as well as gardens and their design. For a more in-depth look at Wharton’s life click here to see a post I did on her life earlier this year. 

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ The Duchess of Windsor

March 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Duchess of Windsor

 

As we celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March we are looking at and remembering women who’ve left their mark on the world in the field of design. Today we are remembering the Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor, a woman who didn’t design clothes, homes or jewelry but is known for having the best and most beautiful of all these things. Her life was filled with newspaper headlines and sometimes scandal but she lived the way she wanted with the man she wanted, who if not for her would have been King of England. For a more in-depth look at the life of the Duchess click here to see a post I did on her in June 2015. Enjoy!!!

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Coco Chanel

March 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Coco Chanel

 

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month we are looking at women who’ve made history from the world of design, today we are remembering Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Chanel is known for the major changes she made in designing women’s fashion, whether it’s using softer and more flowing fabrics like jersey or helping liberate women from the corset or the accusations of consorting with the Germans during World War II. Today Chanel is known for the fashion empire that is still run in her name and the high-end fashion it produces under the leadership of Karl Lagerfeld, click here to read a more in-depth post I did on Chanel in August 2015. 

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Dorothy Draper

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Dorothy Draper

 

Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Elsie de Wolfe

March 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Elsie de Wolfe

 

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, we are looking at women who have made history in our world in the field of design. Today we are focusing on the life of a great American Interior Designer, Elsie de Wolf. de Wolf is known for eliminating the clutter of Victorian design and leading America into the 20 Century as well as creating the cocktail party. For a more in-depth look at her life and career click here to see the post I did on her birthday in 2014. 

Women’s History Month 2017~ Syrie Maugham

March 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Syrie Maugham

 

During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are looking at the life and career of interior design legend Syrie Maugham, a woman who developed her own style in design and living, click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014. 

90 Years Of Style: Fashioning A Reign

July 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Tomorrow is the first day of a very special exhibit in London called “Fashioning A Reign”. The exhibit is part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday earlier this year. There will actually be three different exhibits with the one opening tomorrow being at Buckingham Palace in London, the other two exhibits are also at Royal palaces with one being at Holyrood Palace in Scotland and the third at Windsor Castle outside of London. The Buckingham Palace exhibit will be the largest exhibit with a total of 150 outfits being exhibited at all three royal residences. (above image via)

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A sample of clothing in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. (via)

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Queen Of The Bias Cut: Madeleine Vionnet

June 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Today we are celebrating and remembering a Tabulous Tastemaker, born exactly 140 years ago today, French fashion designer Madeleine Vionnet.

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Vionnet was born June 22, 1876,  in Loiret, France, about 70 miles outside of Paris. Vionnet was born into a poor family and as was the practice then, she began an apprenticeship as a seamstress at the age of 12. At the age of 18 Vionnet entered a marriage that did not last long and after the death of her child Vionnet left France for London where she found work as a seamstress in a hospital. Eventually, Vionnet returned to France and began working at the Callot Soeurs fashion house, it was here that she learned about draping fabric on live models that would eventually lead to her best-known style, the Grecian style dress. (above image via)

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