Helene Rother – Leading the Way in Style

You may recall an early blog post referencing the Malibu Moms, a group of female engineers responsible for the style and design of the all-new 2013 Chevy Malibu. Those ladies may never have gotten there had it not been for General Motors and the skill and efforts of German native, Helene Rother.

Rother was the first female automotive designer in Detroit and paved the way for GM’s long history of “Designing Women”.

As an automobile interior designer at GM, Helene Rother earned $600 a month, a pretty good wage for the post-WWII 1940s.
While Ms. Rother only worked at GM from 1943 to 1947 she was able to build a name for herself and began her own industrial design studio in ’47.
After leaving GM, Helene Rother’s first independent contract was Nash-Kelvinator Co. Those who remember the Nash’s from the late 40s and 50s are likely to remember how well the interior colors and style complemented the exterior design.
The most popular of her designs may have been showcased in the 1950 Nash Rambler.
Ms. Rother was a large part of the Nash-Kelvinator brand until the merged with Hudson, but her automotive career continued as she consulted and created for many top companies in the auto industry.
Stalker Chevrolet is proud to salute Ms. Helene Rother this Women’s History Month…and on International Women’s Day to boot.

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