Fashion Design: The Tatler, 1930 Harry Ransom Humanities Center, The University of Texas at Austin Kris somerville Fashion Design: Woman with Leopard Harry Ransom Humanities Center, The University of Texas at Austin fter two years of finishing school in Rome and a brief tour of Europe, Gordon Conway spent time in London before heading home to Texas and an undecided future. As luck would have it, at a swanky dinner party she was seated next to publisher Condé Nast's first art director, Heyworth Campbell. She took the opportunity to show off a series of whimsical sketches that she 90 ThE MIssouRI REvIEW / WINTER 2008 Fashion Design: Red Cross Girl, 1918 Harry Ransom Humanities Center, The University of Texas at Austin carried with her. A tall, svelte, red-haired beauty in a chic French outfit, she won him over with her personal flair and original work. When she spoke of tentative plans for art school, he discouraged her, suggesting that it would "flatten" her talent. He recommended that she pursue fashion illustration instead and provided a letter of introduction. At twenty, Gordon Conway had charmed her way into what she imagined would be a glamorous career. But she would
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jan 14, 2009
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