Coat c. 1921? Lucile, Ltd. was known for its use of exotic motifs and silhouettes. This coat from the Paris branch reflects the taste for chinoiserie found in French fashions around 1923.
Lady Duff Gordon in 1917.
In 1912, business concerns in New York caused the Duff Gordons to book first-class passage on Titanic. Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon later recalled she had not expected to travel in such luxury and remembered many details of the trip, such as pink curtains in her stateroom and daffodils adorning the dinner table where they enjoyed their last meal on the ship. On the night of April 14, she was already in bed when she heard a noise, which she described as sounding like, “It was like nothing I had…
*TITANIC: Edwardian couturière and Titanic survivor Lady Duff Gordon, aka Lucile, c. 1912
Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon
Lucile (Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon) 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
Dress by Lucile. Photo from F.I.T. Archives
Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon's strikingly different, boldly designed gown. Year not specified, but it's later period.
Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon circa 1916. Known professionally as Lucile, Lucy was a leading fashion designer at the turn of the century and the first English designer to achieve international fame. She is credited with training the first fashion models and her work was popular with film stars such as Mary Pickford. By 1912, Lucile was a transatlantic operation and Lucy boarded the Titanic in order to visit her New York boutique. Lucy, her husband, and her secretary all survived the sinking