Dynamo Dot

Season 8
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Dorothy Liebes with colorful fabric swatches

Dorothy Liebes was a whirlwind in the weaving world. Throughout the 1930s, she spun luxury fabrics so bold and colorful that their style could only be described as the "Liebes Look." But when the United States entered World War II, she wondered how an artist like herself could be helpful at a time when “there would be no need for luxuries.” What she didn’t know was that wartime would bring an opportunity to put her weaving skills to work in an entirely new way. Joining forces with the American Red Cross, she brought professional artists to the bedsides of wounded soldiers—with results that surpassed Dynamo Dot's wildest expectations.



  • Alexa Griffith, manager of content and curriculum at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Susan Brown, acting head of textiles at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

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