American Beauty – Timeless Style was the theme honoring great American traditions as well as the ‘American Beauty’ Rose, bred from a garden rose from the original Rosecliff. Photography, floral design and horticulture classes all reflected American cultural traditions with titles like The American Melting Pot (container class), The White City (honoring the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with a garden design) and American Jazz (manipulated photograph).
American Architecture – limitless was staged in the grand entrance hall of Rosecliff. This was a Judges Invitational Challenge Class filled with four of the GCA’s top designers. Heady company for each! Although Rosecliff was designed by Stanford White in 1902, this class calling for a contemporary design looked forward to architecture today.
And what a challenge it was. “A contemporary design that expresses elegance and limitless boundaries.” Designers were given a standing apparatus, a wooden framed cube, plexiglass poles, midolino sticks, yellow whatever, beautiful bright red Anthuriums, yellow Leucospermum, Hypericum, and Dracena, plus all the mechanics to put them together. The designs are shown in order of placement with first at the top.
American Decorator — ceaseless honored Dorothy Draper and her style called “Modern Baroque” which added modern to classical decoration. This design class called for a two-sided design, in which in the NGC tradition, each side was judged separately, effectively making it two classes. These classes, A and B, called for A: Classical and B: Modern. This asymmetrical design, with its lush peonies on the front and cool modern white Anthurium on the back, won first for both sides.
Details of two other winning ‘back sides’ of designs in American Decorator show how effective Anthurium and calla lilies are to convey modernity. The crowds here were particularly fierce so photographing was difficult.
Appropriately enough, in Rosecliff’s dining room (surrounded by the photography panels) was American Wedding Cakes – breathless a tribute to the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes’, Sylvia Weinstock, whose tiered cakes have often been seen at Newport weddings.
First in the class was this towering floral confection of lush roses and bright green ‘Kermit’ button mums. The wider bands of ‘cake layers’ were created from very beautiful, circular-textured green ribbon.