Choose from a fascinating array of publications about Doris Duke’s homes, collections and personal wardrobe. Download an order form or order by phone at (401) 849-7300 x10.
Extraordinary Vision: Doris Duke and the Newport Restoration Foundation
Released in September 2010, this book tells the story of one of the largest preservation projects ever completed in the United States and the woman who undertook it. Documenting heiress Doris Duke's preservation work in Newport and her founding of the NRF, the book describes how the group saved more than 80 historic buildings in Newport. Introductory essays describe how Doris Duke became involved in preservation, NRF’s philosophy of preservation, and provide a primer on Newport’s 18th century architecture. The core of the book focuses on NRF’s 70 historic homes located in downtown Newport and provides house histories and photographs for each one. Extraordinary Vision also provides an illustrated glossary to house styles and architectural elements and a removable map for self-guided neighborhood walking tours.
The Look! Doris Duke’s Day & Evening Wear
Published to accompany the 2007 Rough Point exhibition, The Look! Doris Duke’s Day & Evening Wear (link to exhibit slideshow), the book is done in the style of a fashion critic’s notebook. The publication details each of the 26 outfits displayed, ranging in time from the 1930s to the 1980s. It includes additional views, with detailed shots and sketches of the clothing. Essays discuss Doris Duke’s style and the difference in dressing for day and night in the 20th century, as well as various designers featured in the collection.
Jet Set to Jeans: The Wardrobe of Doris Duke
Published to accompany the 2005 Rough Point exhibition, Jet Set to Jeans: The Wardrobe of Doris Duke (link to exhibit slideshow), the publication is set in style and tone as a period fashion magazine. In conjunction with the first public showing of Doris Duke’s wardrobe, the publication explores the many facets of her personal attire and a microcosm of 20th century fashion history. The magazine includes photographs of all the major clothing pieces from the exhibition, including couture clothing by designers such as Fortuny, Balenciaga, Grès, Dior, and Ungaro, as well as various pieces of casual clothing.
Rough Point: The Newport Home of Doris Duke
Rough Point, the oceanfront Newport estate of heiress Doris Duke, has been a private home since it was completed in 1891 for Frederick Vanderbilt, the first of its owners. Opened as a museum in 2000, Rough Point features a remarkable collection of European paintings, oriental porcelains, and decorative arts. This book provides insight into the diverse collections that Doris Duke assembled over many decades, the house that her parents remodeled so immaculately, and the splendid setting that Frederick Vanderbilt originally chose for this Newport retreat.
Gems from the East and West: The Doris Duke Jewelry Collection
Published to accompany the 2003 Rough Point exhibition (link to exhibit slideshow) of the same name, this catalog presents the entire collection of jewelry owned by Doris Duke at the time of her death. Assembled by the Duke family over the course of more than a century, the collection featured works by the likes of Verdura, Cartier, Seamen Schepps and David Webb. The book includes more than 300 color photographs, as well as essays about the jewelry and Doris Duke herself.
Doris Duke’s Shangri La
In the late 1930s, heiress Doris Duke built Shangri La, her Honolulu home and one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant houses. Shangri La incorporates architectural features from throughout the Islamic world, and houses Duke’s extensive collection of Islamic art in a glorious tropical seaside setting. This book introduces Shangri La: the house, the gardens, and the collections of Islamic art. It also offers a glimpse of Doris Duke, beyond the public image, and explores the deep interest in other cultures that led her to create Shangri La and then designate it as a place for the public study of Islamic art and culture upon her death.
Doris Duke: The Southeast Asian Art Collection
In 1935, Doris Duke embarked on a honeymoon journey around the world, visiting Egypt, the near East, India, Singapore, Bangkok, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan, as well as various sites in Europe. In 1957, Doris Duke returned to Thailand for the first time since her honeymoon. During the next few years, she would embark on a project to recreate and furnish a Thai village, complete with a replica of a pavilion from the temple compound of the Royal Palace in Bangkok, and to educate the American public about Southeast Asian art and culture. She envisioned the village as a gift for the people of Hawaii. This book features some of the objects she collected for the Thai Village Project, and reveals the passion and talent of Doris Duke as a collector. It provides the reader with information about the historical significance of the art collected.