Saturday, December 8, 2007

Tony Duquette

An amazing young American designer, with a flamboyant portfolio, impressive book of clients, and intriguing history. Tony Duquette created stunningly dramatic sets and costumes for MGM studios in the 1940's. Introduced to society by Lady Elsie de Wolfe Mendl, Duquette began working on projects for icons such as Mary Pickford, Doris Duke, and David O. Selznick. "Pickfair", the home designed by Duquette for Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, is currently home to another amazing American Designer, William (Bill) Sofield.

Although Mr. Duquette passed away in 1999, his work continues to inspire us. His jewelry can be seen gracing the necks, fingers, and ears of modern starlets, and can be found in the pages of fashion magazines such as W, Vogue, Elle, and InStyle. His interiors are also seen monthly in such heavy-hitting trade publications as House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and House and Garden.

Be on the look out for furniture and accessory designs by Mr. Duquette, soon to be resurrected by the great American furniture company, Baker. In the mean time get your Duquette fix by investing in his beautiful book, Tony Duquette