The Band of Thebes, April 4, 2014

The Creation of American Chic

Gay readers will recognize all the classic contradictions in the work of designer George Stacey: the ultimate insider and permanent outsider, the elegant rebellion of mixing high and low, the true original overlooked by history for more popular followers. The WSJ reports for his debut commission in 1934 he transformed a villa on Long Island Sound with crystal chandeliers, gray and pink lacquered floors, and unadorned walls. Eighty years later, this week Rizzoli releases this gorgeous first book about him George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic by Maureen Footer. For a full review, see the always stylish blog The Blue Remembered Hills.