Did you know that there was a fashion designer on the Titanic? I did not. One of the books on my summer reading list was The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. I had thought that it was just a fictional story, but as it turns out, it's actually historical fiction. Lady Lucille Duff Gordon, a British fashion designer was on the Titanic, and she survived. She survived, but not without consequence. She was the first British-based designer to achieve international acclaim, was a widely acknowledged innovator in couture styles as well as in fashion industry public relations. Apart from originating the "mannequin parade", using live models, a precursor to the modern fashion show, and training the first professional models, she launched liberating slit skirts and low necklines, popularized less restrictive corsets and promoted alluring and pared-down lingerie. Opening branches of her London house, Lucile Ltd, in Paris, New York City, and Chicago, her business became the first global couture brand, dressing a trend-setting clientele of royalty, nobility and stage and film personalities.
Below are few of her designs that I thought you might enjoy seeing.
Check your library to see if they might have a copy of the book, and there's always Amazon. If by chance you do decide to buy the book, be sure to pass it along to a friend :)
Wishing you a lovely start to your week!