Gloria Vanderbilt, in full Gloria Laura Morgan Vanderbilt, (born February 20, 1924, New York, New York, U.S.--died June 17, 2019, New York, New York), American socialite, artist, author, actress, and designer of textiles and fashion who was often in the public eye for her social life and professional exploits.Born into the prominent Vanderbilt family of New York, Gloria was thrust into the media spotlight from the moment of her birth. Her father died when she was a baby, and she spent much of her early childhood in Paris. At age 10 she became the centre of an highly publicized custody case between..
William Morris, (born March 24, 1834, Walthamstow, near London, England—died October 3, 1896, Hammersmith, near London), English designer, craftsman, poet, and early socialist, whose designs for furniture, fabrics, stained glass, wallpaper, and other decorative arts generated the Arts and Crafts movement in England and revolutionized Victorian taste.Education and early careerMorris was born in an Essex village on the southern edge of Epping Forest, a member of a large and well-to-do family. From his preparatory school, he went at age 13 to Marlborough College. A schoolfellow described..
Paul Rand, (born August 15, 1914, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.--died November 26, 1996, Norwalk, Connecticut), American graphic designer who pioneered a distinctive American Modernist style.After studying in New York City, Rand worked as an art director for Esquire and Apparel Arts magazines from 1937 to 1941. As his work developed, Rand assimilated the philosophy and visual vocabulary of European art and design, in particular that of the Bauhaus, Constructivism, Cubism, De Stijl, and Futurism. Rand believed that lines, shapes, and colours could become message-conveying signs and symbols..