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Typescript : "Nobody's Fault but My Own, Unlimited" by Dora Sarin

David Hicks: correspondence and press clippings

Suzanne Caygill



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Designer collection | University of Miami Special Collections

By Tiffany Saulter

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Title: Designer collectionAdd to your cart.

ID: M0136

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains information about and writings of designers from fashion design as well as interior design. Included is the typescript of "Nobody's Fault but My Own, Unlimited", a memoir of Dora Sarin's memoirs of her Post-World War II New York fashion business, and 14 pieces of correspondence from interior designer David Hicks as well as 12 pieces of press clippings about Hicks, his work and family. The collection also contains ephemera from Suzanne Caygill's life, including six color swatches, a personal notebook, lecture hand-outs, and one booklet entitled "Everyone is talking about Suzanne."

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Advertising - Fashion
Designers
Interior decoration

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Design Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Originally arranged by Tiffany Saulter, then re-arranged by Nazir Crump under the supervision of Yvette Yurubi in 2017.


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[Box 1: Typescript : "Nobody's Fault but My Own, Unlimited" by Dora Sarin, ca. 1950s to 1960s],
[Box 2: David Hicks: correspondence and press clippings],
[Box 3: Suzanne Caygill],
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Box 2: David Hicks: correspondence and press clippingsAdd to your cart.
"A collection of correspondence between British designer David Hicks and various editors from the Macmillan company, including Richard Oldenburg, James Wade,  and Ray Roberts. From the collection of Ray Roberts. The correspondence, the majority of which is on Hicks' boldly designed red and gold letterhead, focuses on details of the designer's biography, which Macmillan publised in 1969, and which became the last authoritative book on his work. Several of the letters are annotated in Hicks' hand, and the first is held with an original pencil maquette designed by Hicks for the lettered cover of the book, which he instructs to be printed in high gloss 'shocking pink' on white. David Hicks is acknowledged as one of the most imporant interior designers of the late twetieth century, in the company of Albert Hadley and Billy Baldwin. Known for his bold use of graphic color, electicism, and geometric designs -as well as for a temperament that veered between disarming charm and apoplectic rage- Hicks turned English decorating on its head in the 1950s and '60s. His trademark use of electrifying color combinations, and mixing antiques, modern furniture, and abstract paintings became the 'in style' for the chic of the day, including Vidal Sassoon and Helena Rubinstein. By the '70s, David Hicks was a brand; his company was making wallpaper, fabrics, and linens and had outposts in eight countries, including the U.S. where he worked with the young Mark Hampton, and where his wallpaper was used in the White House. Late in life he became celebrated for designing the geometrically precise gardens at The Grove, which have been the subject of numerous articles in major design magazines over the last decade. He was indeed an anomoly: an English decorator who loathed the Masterpiece Theater school of English decoration." -John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller
Folder 1: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Includes exhibit brochure and a sign in unique lettering.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Correspondence between David Hicks and various editors from the Macmillan Company, including Richard Oldenburg, James Wade and Ray Roberts.
Folder 3: Newsclippings, ca. 1970s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Magazine and newspaper cutouts, detailing designs in homes and fashion.



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