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Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon) 1913 Monna Delza, Lily Elsie, Gaby Desly

Coming Home | Edward B. Gordon Edward Gordon was born in Ocean City, New Jersey in 1940 and received a BA from Rutgers University.


1920s Coat by Lucille, via The Chicago History Museum. Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, had founded the House of Lucile in London by 1894. Additional branches later opened in New York, Paris, and Chicago. Lucile was known for its use of exotic motifs and silhouettes. This coat from the Paris branch reflects the taste for chinoiserie in French fashions around 1923. Overcoat, circa 1923. Silk brocade, ribbon and velvet, fur.


Blue figured silk evening dress with gold net sleeves and train embroidered in gold metal strip and decorated with blue gems and tassels, 1911.Worn by Esme Giffard (née Wallace), daughter of Lucile, to celebrate the Coronation of King George V in 1911 and later altered for a Ball in 1919


Evening dress, Lucile, Britain or France, ca. 1910-15. Purple silk overlaid with purple silk chiffon & satin. With pleated satin waistband & 2 purple silk tassels at side of hip. Bodice draped with chiffon, elbow-length sleeves, & inner bodice bust & back trimmed with appliqué metallic purple and silver embroidery. Victoria & Albert Museum


1916 Lucile 'Happiness Dress' From Posted by Sacheverelle on 1Sep08


Designed in 1910 by Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon famed socialite and Titanic survivor. The dress sold for $35,850 (without buyer’s premium) at Doyle New York in November of 2004.


1911 - The lowest layer of this dress designed by Lady Lucy Duff Gordon, known as Lucile, appears to be a slip. The bodice has sheer criss-cross layers edged with ornamental rope. A layer of gold-decorated sheer material sits in between the under-garment and the criss-cross bodice. The dress appears to have a shallow vee waistline. The skirt may also have three layers - a gold-embroidered purple under-skirt beneath a draped and opened skirt beneath panels that match the under-skirt.


Lucile design. Lucile was noted for (among many other things) theatrical designs, and creatured costumes for the stage (e.g. the Ziegfeld Follies) and early cinema.

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1913. Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon) Nightgown. V & A Museum. Lady Duff Gordon was a Titanic survivor