Jeanne Dudley Smith, Fashion Designer

Jeanne Dudley Smith, Fashion Designer

My introduction to Nashville style came 30 years ago, courtesy of Jeanne Dudley Smith, also known as “The White Dress Lady.” Jeanne is well known across the South for making custom wedding gowns and dresses for special events like graduations, confirmations, debutante balls and other big occasions that require a white dress, as so many traditional southern milestones do. She designed my deb dress in the late ’80s. We talk about that process, as well as the incredible story of how she built her business. Caroline Allison took photos.

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My Space: Libby Callaway's Living Room

My Space: Libby Callaway's Living Room

From the start, I’ve known that the The Callaway Report would expand its coverage of the lives and work of creative people to include their homes. I love talking to my interior design-savvy friends about the inspiration behind their favorite rooms and hearing the backstories of the possessions that they love the most. In the process of telling me about their spaces and the things that fill them, my friends inevitably reveal something new about themselves. Those revelations are the heart of My Space, an occasional interiors feature. I copped out and started with myself; Caroline Allison was kind enough to indulge me with photos.

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Kathleen Cotter, Owner of The Bloomy Rind

Kathleen Cotter, Owner of The Bloomy Rind

Like many Bloomy Rind customers, I go to Kathleen with cheesy questions, looking for cheesy solutions. And whether I’m making a cheese plate or a pizza, she’s never let me down. Girlfriend knows her way around a dairy case. She launched The Bloomy Rind in 2010, the same year she debuted the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival. For many years, she operated TBR out of Porter Road Butcher in East Nashville, where she sold many locally made cheeses. We talked about this and more. Caroline Allison took her photo - with baby goats!

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