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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: Swing Dress, Midnight

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 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: Triangle Top, Midnight

CAROL LEE SHANKS: 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: Waist Length Silk Tunic, Periwinkle

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Waist Length Silk Tunic, Periwinkle

Fabulous travel clothing: simply scrunch up the garment and pack! Crushed habutai silk waist length tunic, periwinkle blue. One size. Available by order; allow 10-14 days for delivery. Also available in other colors, under separate listing, or contact the gallery. (Shown with Begona Rentero's necklace and earrings Short Flandes in saffron,...
$178.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Waist Length Tunic, Plum

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Waist Length Tunic, Plum

Fabulous travel clothing: simply scrunch up the garment and pack. Crushed habutai silk waist-length tunic, perfect for that trendy layered look with skirts, dresses, leggings or skinny pants. Plum. One size. 100% silk. Please allow 10-14 days for shipping. Also available in other colors, under separate listing, or contact the gallery. (Shown with...
$178.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: White Dot Tunic

CAROL LEE SHANKS: White Dot Tunic

Dot cotton with seersucker cotton with nylon 3/4 tunic. Front pockets. Mid back neck to hem, 31.5" (note: has a slight scoop in the back and lays below the top of the neck). Gentle wash cool, mild soap, hang to dry.
$300.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Flat Front Pants

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Flat Front Pants

Collapse Weave Linen, Tobacco, one size. Also available in Indigo and Silver. Little crop top: see separate listing.
$248.00

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CAROL LEE SHANKS: Little Crop Top

CAROL LEE SHANKS: Little Crop Top

Collapse Weave Linen, Tobacco, one size. Also available in Indigo and Silver. Flat Front Pants: see separate listing.
$198.00

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