• “Lacy and dainty details give a halo of subtle suggestions of sex which should surround every woman who wishes to charm.”
    Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile)
  • “The sweet freshness of nighties should always make a man want to know the wearer a little better.”
    Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile)
  • “A girl should always dress with lots of little bows and ribbons so a man will want to undo them one by one.”
    Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile)
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design
  • Lucile : Her Life by Design

Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile), 1863-1935

One of the early 20th century’s most prolific and celebrated designers, the London-based "Lucile" –– in private life Lady Duff Gordon –– was a key transitional figure in the evolution of fashion, exemplifying luxe and liberation at the intersection of haute couture, merchandising, media and the performing arts. The theatre-inspired mannequin processionals she launched anticipated the catwalk shows and supermodels of today. Her slit skirts, low necklines and peek-a-boo lingerie turned sexy into chic. And the unprecedented publicity her collections and branding ventures generated laid the groundwork for present-day marketing strategies. 

Seventy-five years after her death, in gallery auctions and museum exhibitions, in magazines and books, the Lucile aesthetic is being rediscovered, achieving newfound appreciation among curators, collectors, historians and other connoisseurs of costume and theatre.

Lucile –– Her Life by Design, the first full-scale treatment of the couturiere’s career, heralds her renaissance with an insightful, intimate study of her work and its impact on style and social change. Based on twenty years of archival research and exclusive interviews with Lucile’s family, clients and other associates, this book places in fascinating perspective the legend behind the label.