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HOLMES, Doris Colquhoun

Ilkley, Yorkshire, England, 1892
Victoria, British Columbia, 1958
Biography synopsis
An interior decorator to some of Victoria's most prominent citizens, Doris Holmes supervised every aspect of a home's furnishings, from wall colour to furniture, to pictures. After attending Victoria College, Holmes took a one-year decorating course in New York. She then returned to Victoria and worked for Spencer's store (which later became the T. Eaton Company) where, in 1920, she became assistant to the interior decorator. She became interior decorator herself and continued in this position for over 30 years. Although she favoured period furniture, she also worked with more modern designs. Clients included the Spencer family, Mr. and Mrs. Nikola Pavelle and, perhaps most notably, Victor Fleming, director of "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz," for whom she decorated a Knapp Island home.
Media used
Interior design
Victoria College
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"Holmes Rites Thursday." Colonist (Victoria) 1 Oct. 1958: 13.
"Prominent Decorator Dies In City." Times (Victoria) 30 Sept. 1958: 20.
Lavoie, Dee. "Interior Decorator Looks Forward To Visiting Old Homes, Castles." Colonist (Victoria) 7 Feb. 1954.
Litwin, Grania. "Explore women's role in early Victoria art." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 14 Nov. 2004: D12.

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