Frank Lloyd Wright, Fashion Designer

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Iowegian63
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Frank Lloyd Wright, Fashion Designer

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Somewhere along the way I've read or heard that Wright designed dresses for client's wives. Has any one seen images or drawings or these dresses? Or is this just an urban legend?

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Iowegian63 wrote:Somewhere along the way I've read or heard that Wright designed dresses for client's wives. Has any one seen images or drawings or these dresses? Or is this just an urban legend?
There's an article from 1995 ("Fitting Rooms: The Dress Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright" by Carma Gorman in Winterthur Portfolio) with the following quote:
David Hanks, author of one of the few works on Frank Lloyd Wright that mentions the architect's costume designs at all, stated in The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright that "Wright's concern for the the detail required by an organic architecture even occasionally led him to design dresses for his wife and clients." This commonsense view - that the dresses were created to satisfy Wright's desire for total aesthetic unity - is one that seems to be generally held despite the dearth of literature on the dresses."
I have the book mentioned in the quote, and a couple of others that I think would be good sources of the truth, so I'll take a peek and report back.
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The designing of dresses was said to occur at the Cedar Rock House. The clients clothes were left in the closets when the house was deeded to the state. That might be a place to research to see IF such dresses survive.
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the Decorative Designs book does indeed have Wright designing dresses for wife Catherine and some clients. there are three pictures included (pages 24-26) - two of Catherine and one of Mrs. Darwin D. Martin. the two of Catherine are stated as FLW designs - the one of Mrs. Martin is thought to be one of his designs. Son John says his father designed clothing for Mrs. Coonley, while Wes Peters claims he also designed for Mrs. Robie and Mrs. Dana (no photographs of these have surfaced).

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I've been to Cedar Rock a few times, and don't remember them saying that (in spite of them claiming that EVERYTHING in the house was selected by Wright)....and then you get into the bedroom and see Mrs. Walter's Hummel figurines. Pretty sure Wright never approved those.

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As I recall, "Fitting Rooms" advances an absurd, bitter, supposedly feminist argument that Wright pressed Kitty to wear clothes of his design that were so bizarre that she could not possibly go out in public wearing them -- that it was a diabolical scheme to keep her confined to the home.

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No Wright dresses at Cedar Rock:

Paul,

The dresses we have at Cedar Rock were donated back to the site after Mrs. Agnes Walter's passing. I do not know of any that were designed by Wright. I have heard of Wright creating dresses for clients, but it seemed like that was earlier in his career.

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