Designing Women

Interior design has been considered 'women's work' ever since Elsie de Wolfe became America's first famous decorator in the early 20th century. Cristen and Caroline investigate the feminization of interior design, the use of color and home decor and why 'decorator' became a dirty word in the industry.

Episode sources:

Elsie De Wolfe.

His and Hers: Analyzing 'Masculine' and 'Feminine' Decor.

Interior Design Men Can Get Behind.

Sheila Bridges: Designing Women.

The House in Good Taste.

Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference.

Women in Designing: Confronting the Glass Ceiling.

Academic insights:

"Designing Women: Gender, Sexuality and the Interior Decorator, c. 1890 - 1940. " McNeil, Peter. Art History. December 1994.