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PersPectives

What I’m Looking At The works of masters in design and the arts offer inspiration for Karen Gilman, president of Finelines drapery workroom.

SUZAnne FArrell in 1965

eUGeNe rUBiN/FNac

“The textures, shapes, and colors of my Back Bay neighborhood inspire me every day, from the architecture to the greenery, colors, and statues of the Public Garden. Then, a block away, a cashmere scarf draped like a jabot in the window of Loro Piana, the gathering of a boSton’S bACk bAy taffeta skirt at the entrance to Dolce & Gabbana, a studded bag in Valentino. All contribute to inform and curate my sensibility as a drapery maker.”

BraNtleY photoGraphY

madame GrÈS at WorK iN 1946

“I have a background in dressmaking, and consequently began my company from the perspective of couture. I find particular inspiration in the designs of Madame Grès. She was considered a sculptor of fabric, and her talent and technique for pleating and draping remain unrivaled.”

richard maNdelKorN

“A quote from my mentor, Celeste Cooper, playfully defines several elements in my decision making. ‘No retro, no repro, no faux!’ Even as we nod to the past in our more traditional projects, we bring a freshness to our work. For all of our wood and metal rod finishes, we work closely with our vendors to ensure integrity in the product. I am committed to authenticity as a defining element of our installations.”

Cooper’S DreSSinG rooM with DrAperieS by FinelineS

“Years of ballet and modern dance classes taught me the concept of aesthetically pleasing lines. The perfect lines of a ballerina like Suzanne Farrell are what make a dancer appear effortless, fluid, and beautiful onstage. We strive to achieve the same beautiful, seemingly effortless fluidity in our drapery.” deNNiS KrUKoWSKi

Finelines, peabody, mass., (978) 977-7357, finelines.com

Both inset photos: interior design by Bierly-drake

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