The first thing you'll notice if you look up Ceil Chapman is that she is almost solely remembered and documented by vintage sellers and lovers. There are no photos of the woman, there have been no books or retrospectives (at least that I can find, I do hope someone proves me wrong). She doesn't even have a wikipedia entry for goodness sakes!
The world needs to know what we lovers have known all along, and by “we lovers” I mean Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and me–her biggest fans. Her designs are sought after in the vintage world for their impeccable tailoring, figure flattering shapes, and inventive touches.
Perhaps she is less respected and documented because she took the route of mass production and affordability with many of her clothes. I applaud and adore her for such foresight. Mass production also allowed for so many of her dresses to be around today for us to collect. I have a few of them and they are some of the most exquisite in my wardrobe, all favorites.