Albert Hadley

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Albert Hadley
Hadley in 2005
Albert Livingston Hadley, Jr.

(1920-11-18)November 18, 1920
DiedMarch 29, 2012(2012-03-29) (aged 91)
Alma materPeabody College
Parsons School of Design
Occupation(s)Interior designer, decorator

Albert Livingston Hadley Jr. (November 18, 1920 – March 29, 2012) was an American interior designer and decorator.

Hadley was born in Springfield, Tennessee, in 1920. He attended Peabody College in Nashville for two years, after which he worked as an assistant to one of the South's best-known decorators, A. Herbert Rodgers.[1]

After serving overseas in World War II, Hadley moved to New York. Beginning in 1947, he studied at the Parsons School of Design, and after graduating in 1949, joined the school's faculty. He formed his own design studio, worked from 1956 until 1962 at the distinguished New York interior design firm of McMillen, Inc., and then co-founded Parish-Hadley, Associates (1962–1999) with the interior decorator, Sister Parish (1910–1994).

Hadley's clients included former Vice President Albert Gore and Tipper Gore; Babe Paley and William S. Paley; Oscar de la Renta and Annette de la Renta; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Ambassador and Mrs. Henry Grunwald; Dr. and Mrs. G. Patrick Maxwell; Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer; Mrs. Brooke Astor; and various members of the Astor and Getty families.[2]

Hadley worked in a variety of styles, including modern, Victorian, and Georgian. He was lauded with numerous international design awards for his creative output. He was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1986.[3]


  1. ^ Weber, Bruce (March 30, 2012). "Albert Hadley, High Society's Decorator, Dies at 91". New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Christopher Mason (April 5, 2005). "Too much beige: interior decorator Albert Hadley has some strong words for young designers". New York. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  3. ^ Interior Design Hall of Fame profile Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

Further reading[edit]

  • Lewis, Adam (2005), Albert Hadley: The Story of America's Preeminent Designer, Rizzoli, ISBN 978-0847827428