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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: Chambray Cap Sleeve Top

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Chambray Cap Sleeve Top

Linen chambray. Pants also available; please see separate listing. Gentle wash, cool; mild soap. Hang to dry. For further information, please contact the gallery.
$240.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Ensemble - Jacket, saffron

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Ensemble - Jacket, saffron

Silk jacquard 3/4 jacket.  Length:  33". To complete the ensemble, see separate listings for matching Tunic and Pants. Handwash cool, mild soap, hang to dry -or- dry clean. N.B.:  Listing is for Jacket only.
$450.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Ensemble - Pants, saffron

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Ensemble - Pants, saffron

Silk jacquard crop wide leg pants. To complete the ensemble, see separate listings for matching Tunic and Jacket. Handwash cool, mild soap, hang to dry -or- dry clean. N.B.:  Listing is for pants only.
$300.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Ensemble - Tunic, saffron

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Ensemble - Tunic, saffron

Silk jacquard pocket tunic.  Length:  28". To complete the ensemble, see separate listings for matching Pants and Jacket. Handwash cool, mild soap, hang to dry -or- dry clean. N.B.:  Listing is for Tunic only.
$300.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Four-Panel Dress, Midnight

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 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: Godet Front Shirt

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Godet Front Shirt

Indigo silk screen dot cotton and seersucker cotton with nylon many patches Godet front shirt. Front pockets. Mid back neck to hem, 26" (note: has a slight scoop in the back and lays below the top of the neck). Gentle wash cool, mild soap, hang to dry.
$380.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Nomad Coat, Black

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Nomad Coat, Black

Various wools patched and pieced together. Please dry clean only.
$900.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Nomad Coat, Midnight

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 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: Peplum Jacket, Midnight - Size Medium

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Peplum Jacket, Midnight - Size Medium

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: Shirt with Origami Pockets

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Shirt with Origami Pockets

Collapse weave linen, indigo. One size. Also available in Tobacco and Silver.
$248.00

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