Remember Gloria Vanderbilt jeans from the 70s? Form fitting, they seemed to elevate the derriere, and one of the back pockets bore the signature of the heiress to the New York Vanderbilt family who made a fortune in the railroad industry. Vanderbilt also had a line of designer scarves, linens, china and glassware, all with her signature.
A sort of Renaissance woman, Vanderbilt has had successful careers as actor, author and even artist. She studied at the Art Students League and in 1969 her collages using fine line drawing, painting, fabric and decoupage were exhibited at the Hammer Gallery in New York.
This fall, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., will unveil Vanderbilt’s “Dream Box: Heat’s Desire,” a six-foot-tall Plexiglas structure. Her erotic novella Obsession will be published by Harper Collins Ecco imprint in 2009.
You can view a gallery of her paintings on her web site.