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Carol Lee Shanks

Carol Lee Shanks' long career has been 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."

 

Announcement, 3/11/21: NEW COLLECTION - SPECIAL SALE EVENT

For a limited time we are offering a special collection from this artist at a 15% discount.  In a grouping that lends itself to infinite mixing, matching and layering possibilities, we have in most instances created collages demonstrating various ways these lovely pieces can be worn, but by no means the only possibilities!  Please visit Carol's Sale Section to view these wonderful garments, and take advantage of rare discouned prices.

 



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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Linen Pants, Indigo, M

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Linen Pants, Indigo, M

Collapse weave linen rectangle crotch tie bottom pant.  Indigo, two front pockets. Medium. Gentle wash, cool, mild soap; hang to dry.
$300.00

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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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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Silk Habutai Swing Dress, S, cranberry

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Silk Habutai Swing Dress, S, cranberry

A sleeveless cranberry silk habutai dress that is long, subtly sheer, and drapes beautifully. Wear over a sleek shirt or tee and leggings or skinny pants for a comfortable and trendy layered look. Bias cut. 100% silk. Size: S. Other colors and sizes available; see separate listings or contact the Gallery. Sizes Fit & Availability: S (6-8)/M...
$340.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Silk Pants, Gold, M

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Silk Pants, Gold, M

Slim leg silk dupioni pants, with hem details.  These go beautifully to create ensembles with the Thai silk tunics shown separately, here and here . Medium. Hand wash cool, mild soap; hang to dry. CLS 285.19
$300.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Silk Tunic, Gold, M

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Silk Tunic, Gold, M

Silk dupioni; pieced and patched tunic. Medium. Hand wash cool, mild soap; hang to dry.
$340.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Spring 2020 8 - Dot Linen Rectangle Tunic

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Spring 2020 8 - Dot Linen Rectangle Tunic

Gentle wash cool, mild soap, hang dry. (Shown with Begona Rentero necklace, Model Anasazi.)
$260.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Striped Tunic

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Striped Tunic

Double-weave stripe solid cotton slim 3/4 tunic. Front pockets. Mid back neck to hem, 29" (note: has a slight scoop in the back and lays below the top of the neck). Gentle wash cool, mild soap, hang to dry.


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