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feminist slut: Eileen Grey -Architect of the Day

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Eileen Grey was an an Irish furniture designer and architect and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture.

Biography:

Eileen Gray was born on 9 August 1878 into an aristocratic family near Enniscorthy, a market town in south-eastern Ireland. Gray…

glbtq encyclopedia:

  Around 1922, Gray became lovers with Marisa Damia (1892-1978), a popular singer who encouraged her to bob her hair and wear tailored suits. Why they separated is unknown; however, Damia became Gabrielle Bloch’s lover after Loie Fuller’s death in 1928.

In 1926, after seeing the first exhibition of photographs by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), a lesbian who had recently established her own Paris studio, Gray commissioned a portrait of herself. Abbott produced several memorable images, including a crisp, tailored profile.

Ooooo Did Berenice take the photo above perhaps?

Although bisexual, Gray was ultimately more interested in work than in passionate attachments. Her most abiding friendships were with lesbians, especially Kate Weatherby (ca 1881-1964) and Evelyn Wyld.

Gray was acquainted with expatriate writers Natalie Clifford Barney and Gertrude Stein and the women who frequented their salons, but preferred the company of one of Barney’s lovers, painter Romaine Brooks, who bought Gray’s rugs and was, perhaps, sympathetic to Gray’s reclusive nature.

Eileen Gray died October 31, 1976, and is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Grave # 17606.

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