Born in New York City in 1924, Gloria Vanderbilt became famous early in life at the center of a battle between her mother and aunt for her custody and multi-million dollar trust fund in the 1930s. Her fame grew later in life as she ventured into film, art, writing and fashion.
Juliana Force, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's assistant and the first museum director of Whitney Museum of American Art, influenced Gloria's style. The floral pattern on the floor, accomplished with many coats of lacquer over fabric inspired the patchwork quilt room. __ photo taken from a biography by Wendy Goodman: The World of Gloria Vanderbilt.