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Carol Lee Shanks

Carol Lee Shanks has a 28-year career dedicated to designing unique handcrafted clothing designs and textile art pieces. She has a great reverence for cloth, allowing it to be the foundation of her inspiration and personally constructs each garment, one by one, building collections made from carefully selected fine materials. Her dressing concept encompasses coordinated silhouettes layered for style and comfort. She has designed an understated, timeless look meant to be collected piece by piece over many seasons.

Carol has a degree in Textile and Costume Design from the University of California at Davis. She now works and exhibits her clothing and textile art from her Berkeley, California studio. Her work is shown and sold in galleries throughout the United States and has been included in international shows and fiber art publications.

Seattle-based arts writer Robin Updike, quoted from her article “Carol Lee Shanks: Refining the Silhouette” in the July 2012 issue of Ornament magazine, comments on Carol’s work:

“Not only is Carol’s clothing singular in its architectonic-meets-romantic aesthetic, but there’s an impressive element of environmental awareness in her work. For instance, Carol tries to use up scraps of fabric each season, sometimes using tiny leftovers as ornament on other fabrics. Or she simply makes two-dimensional artworks - fabric collages really - to hang on the wall. Lots of style, not much waste. It’s impressive.”

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: 1: Four-Panel Dress, Midnight

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 1: Four-Panel Dress, Midnight

Crushed and pleated silk habutai. Hand wash cool, mild soap, towel dry. Twist top of dress for vertical pleat, scrunch bottom; allow to dry to desired pleat. One Size. Available colors: white, cream, silver, grey, black, midnight blue or navy, periwinkle, tamarack green, olive, plum and red. See under separate listings, or contact the Gallery....
$298.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: 2: Triangle Top, Midnight

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 2: Triangle Top, Midnight

Crushed silk habutai. Hand wash cool, mild soap, towel dry. Crush into a ball; allow to dry to desired shape. One Size. Available colors: white, cream, silver, grey, black, midnight blue or navy, periwinkle, tamarack green, olive, plum and red. See under separate listings, or contact the Gallery. Excellent for layering: Shown, far right, over...
$198.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: 3: Swing Dress, Midnight

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 3: Swing Dress, Midnight

Crushed silk organza. Hand wash cool, mild soap, towel dry. Crush into ball; allow to dry to desired shape. Size: M. Available colors: white, cream, grey, black, midnight blue or navy, red and bronze. See under separate listings, or contact the Gallery. Excellent for layering: Shown, far right, over Four-Panel Dress.
$340.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: 4: Peplum Jacket, Midnight - M

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 4: Peplum Jacket, Midnight - M

Crushed silk organza. Hand wash cool, mild soap, towel dry. Crush into ball; allow to dry to desired shape. Size: M. Available colors: white, cream, grey, black, midnight blue or navy, red and bronze. See under separate listings, or contact the Gallery. Excellent for layering: Shown over Four-Panel Dress, far left.
$280.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: 5: Nomad Coat, Midnight

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 5: Nomad Coat, Midnight

Crushed silk taffeta and organza. Hand wash cool, mild soap, towel dry. Smooth out garment shape on a flat surface; dry flat. One Size. Available colors: white, cream, grey, black, midnight blue or navy, red and bronze. See under separate listings, or contact the Gallery. Excellent for layering: Shown over Four-Panel Dress.
$698.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: 9: 3/4 Shirt with Origami Pockets

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 9: 3/4 Shirt with Origami Pockets

Collapse weave linen, silver. One size. Also available in Tobacco and Indigo.
$268.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Big Pleats and Pockets Jumper

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Big Pleats and Pockets Jumper

Collapse weave linen, indigo. One size. Also available in Tobacco and Silver.
$450.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Crushed Silk Habutai Triangle Top, Cranberry

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Crushed Silk Habutai Triangle Top, Cranberry

Other colors available. Contact the Gallery for information. Size: O/S. Shown with Carol Lee Shanks' crushed silk habutai swing dress and red cinnabar necklace by Woodleigh Hubbard. See separate listings or contact the Gallery.
$198.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Cut-Away Jacket, in-hem Pockets

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Cut-Away Jacket, in-hem Pockets

Collapse weave linen, indigo. One size. Also available in Tobacco and Silver.
$398.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Pocket Vest

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Pocket Vest

Hand-loomed Indian silk Crossover Pocket Vest. More details coming soon, or contact the Gallery. Shown over crushed silk organza bias skirt dress, silver, available under separate listing or contact the Gallery. Necklace: Begona Rentero, "Flower for O'Keefe" in beige. Available under separate listing or contact the Gallery.
$228.00

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