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).