By Christopher Petkanas
April 06, 2009
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Most decorators of hotels barely even earn an obituary. But Dorothy Draper—that fearless champion of modern baroque—is being toasted 37 years after her death with a book, Carleton Varney's In the Pink: Dorothy Draper, America's Most Fabulous Decorator (Pointed Leaf Press; $95), and a retrospective, "The High Style of Dorothy Draper," at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave.; 212/534-1672; through September 10). Draper worked her surreal magic at the Greenbrier in West Virginia and the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco, among other landmark properties. Today, her black-lacquered ceilings, poison-green trim, and giddy plasterwork are finding favor with a whole new generation of hotel designers.