Martha of Taos founder Martha Jane Reed was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 23, 1922.
Each mother and father had been artists and Doel, her father, was elected to the Nationwide Academy of Design.
His works are held by a number of museums and libraries in the US, France, and Nice Britain.

The household moved to Oklahoma in 1924. In 1944, Reed graduated from Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State) with a level in artwork.

She started her profession as director of Philbrook Museum of Artwork in Tulsa, then took a place on the Dallas Museum of Artwork in Texas.

Reed studied artwork on the graduate degree for two extra years earlier than transferring to Taos, New Mexico, in 1953. Her mother and father had moved there 6 years prior, because the dry desert local weather eased Doel’s persistent respiratory situation.

She took a job at The Pink Horse store and on her first day, proprietor Al Thorwaldsen admired her authentic clothes. He satisfied Martha to design for his store, hiring seamstresses to create her broomstick skirts, blouses, and Navajo shirts.

Subsequent, she opened a Southwestern gown store with John McCarthy.

In 1955 she opened her personal store, Martha of Taos. Her pal Lucy Archuleta served as head seamstress. The store remained in enterprise in the identical location for 38 years. Clientele included celebrities and politicians.

The broomstick skirt of cotton calico was her signature design. She later added velvet fashions, in addition to blouses and clothes.

In accordance with Reed, her broomstick skirts had been constructed utilizing 14 yards of cloth, and following a mathematical components: “The underside tier of high-quality pleats consists of eight yards; the center layer has fewer, softer pleats in four yards of cloth; the highest layer is minimally pleated and solely 2 yards on the waist. This makes it far more flattering and fewer cumbersome.”

Reed died in Taos on Dec. 28, 2010, age 88.

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