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. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/architecture/archive/dewolfe_article_012000

His and Hers: Analyzing 'Masculine' and 'Feminine' Decor. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/his-and-hers-analyzing-masculine-and-feminine-decor-193542

Interior Design Men Can Get Behind. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303650204579377152030195482

Sheila Bridges: Designing Women. http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2011/11/sheila_bridges_black_interior_designer_urges_young_blacks_to_join_profession.html

The House in Good Taste. https://books.google.com/books?id=nt1AAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference. https://books.google.com/books?id=0nxzw0wdIREC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Women in Designing: Confronting the Glass Ceiling. http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/detail/35640-women-in-design-confronting-the-glass-ceiling/

Academic insights:

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