Lady Duff-Gordon


In honor of Titanic soon to be coming to a theater near you in 3D (which I must confess I will not be attending. Id probably bawl my eyes out even more while watching 3D people sink and fall to their doom), it was brought to my attention that a well known British fashion designer actually boarded and survived Titanic. Her name? Lady Duff-Gordon or “Lucile” as she was professionally known. She was a leading fashion designer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was the first among British designers to achieve international fame, an innovator in couture and fashion industry public relations. Not only did she form what is known as the “mannequin parade” (first fashion show related event), she also trained the first line of professional models, and created slit skirts and low necklines, liberating women from the confines of stiff, stuffy clothing. She also popularized corsets with less restriction and promoted seductive lingerie. Her clientele consisted of royalty, nobility, as well as stage and film personalities. Lucile will forever be renown for her lingerie, tea gowns, and evening wear. Her legacy has been seen displayed in museum exhibitions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Cubism and Fashion” (1999) and the Museum of the City of New York’s “Fashion on Stage” (1999).

 

Truth Collection


While checking my Twitter accounts, I stumbled upon a message asking if I would share this with my readers and share I shall.

The Truth Collection, as described on the project site, is an international, casual brand “going beyond trends” while immersed in art, culture and couture. It’s aim is to take wardrobes from drab to fab with their “modern edge” and “art-inspired” graphics. How did this collection come about you say? Well, according to the story, the designer (the beautiful Kamii Nettles), much like most women, believed in a world a fairy tales where all endings are happy and that our princes will come. Unfortunately the prince turned out to be a toad and the way she coped with the breakup was through art and fashion.

What will you be supporting? The Truth Collection designers are now in the process of designing their very first cut and sew line and are in need of pledges to help with production costs. These production costs include things such as the purchase of fabric, production of garments, shipping, photoshoots, lookbook printing, line sheet printing, showroom rental and Primetime Emmy Awards Gifting Suites.

You can learn more about the project, read testimonials, and get a sneak peak into the collection by visiting the Truth Collection project page at kickstarter.com. By contributing to the project, new fashion heights will be reached and new fashion innovations can be discovered. The collection is breathtaking and worth pledging to the cause.