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Designing Women: The Intersection of Art, Culture and Car Design – Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St., NYC

June 30th, 2010 by Stu

The Museum of the City of New York, in conjunction with GM, hosted a tribute to the women of automotive design on Monday night. The event featured lots of documentary-style interview clips, politically incorrect GM promotional videos from the day and, the best part, live digital sketches done on the big screen by Cadillac’s Christine Park (see design progression after the jump). You might be familiar with Christine’s exploits on Cadillac XTS, the dashing concept that precedes the brand’s next generation flagship. Pictured here, GM’s famous “Damsels of Design” posed with none other than Harley Earl, GM’s first VP of Design. Earl created the need for an Art and Color Division at GM and brought us the industry’s first concept car, the Buick Y-Job. Wise beyond his years, Earl not only ushered in a sense of style and personalization to mass produced cars but hand picked a team of female designers to impress the papers and present a unique perspective to the design process Vintage GM video and more glorious archive pics after the jump…

Photo Credit: General Motors Design Archive

Description: GM Public Relations photo highlighting four of the “Damsels of Design,” a celebrated group of women designers that were recruited in the mid-1950’s by Harley Earl, the legendary vice president of Styling at GM. Left to right: Dagmar Arnold, Gere Kavanaugh, Peggy Sauer and Jan Krebs with a 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible (Custom Interior.) May 7, 1957.

Check out this Converj concept car sketch progression, done in CAD, by Cadillac’s Christine Park. A desktop computer projected her progress to the event audience as she penned this beauty. I captured some of the major phases, frame by frame, with my little Cannon digi.


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