The Renaissance of Lucile


Kyrila Scully

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Well, if they do, please be kind and send us some very nice (large) photographs of each one, if they allow you to. I know when I toured the exhibit of Princess Diana's gowns and couture, we were not allowed to use flash photography because they said the flash would damage the fabric. I guess they forgot how many papparazzis flashed their cameras at her while she was wearing them!
 
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>>we were not allowed to use flash photography because they said the flash would damage the fabric.<<

Over time, it will. Leave something exposed to even normal daylight over a long enough period of time and you can see the damage being done.
 

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This has just bumped the Vionnet and Schiaparelli books a rung each down the hierarchy of "books I must buy"!
 
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The long-anticipated Lucile Ltd, co-written by Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye, appeared on shelves (here in London, at any rate) at the end of June. It is a truly fascinating and beautiful book which does much to place Lady Duff Gordon's achievements in the field of fashion in their proper historical context - and about time, too!

For English readers, a full review can be found on page 99 of this week's issue of Country Life magazine.
 

Kyrila Scully

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I've been advised by Amazon that my copy has been shipped. I've been waiting months for this book, and I hope I will not be disappointed. I'm hoping it contains copious amounts of fashion illustrations.
 
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Rest assured, Kyrila - it does! Many (if not most) of which are from the V&A Lucile archive and have never been published before. You will not be disappointed.
 
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Hi, Martin and Kyrila,

The book is indeed gorgeous and the authors are to be congratulated for a commendable exploration of Lucile's career. Visually it is certainly a feast. It's technically not a biography but is infinitely better —— a complete study of the Lucile oeuvre and illustrated, as Martin said, almost completely with images from the V&A's Lucile Archive. This originally was Lucy Duff Gordon's own collection, preserved after her death by her late grandson, Anthony, Earl of Halsbury and donated to the V&A back in the 1960s (but until now uncatalogued).

It really is touching to see this work come to fruition as it was something Lord Halsbury was very keen to see completed; alas that was not to be, but his daughters are very pleased, and both participated in promoting the book, one attending the lecture pre-launch, the other the launch party.

For purely Titanic fans, there is little about the sinking. This book is a treatment of Lucile as a designer and "pop" figure of her time —— and what a treatment! Thorough and unabashed. I recommend it to all lovers of Edwardian era history, not just to fashion buffs as the scope is broad enough to fascinate those interested in the period's performing arts and general culture.

I would also recommend another new release that examines Lucile's influence on fashion via the Broadway stage (i.e., the Ziegfeld Follies, etc). This is Marlis Schweitzer's "When Broadway was the Runway: Theatre, Fashion and American Culture." It was published in May and features several rare archival photos of Lucile designs and one of herself, also not generally seen. And the cover art is a lovely portrait of Follies star Ina Claire in a Lucile gown!

Randy
 
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Hello all...

I have enjoyed following this thread.

Randy, your very well written review of a book whose subject you are uniquely qualified to comment on makes this reader want to get the book. Thank you for your many contributions to our knowledge of Lucy, Lady Cosmo Duff Gordon, among many others.

Thanks also to Martin who contributes greatly on a variety of subjects here, mainly the personalities involved in this story. I look forward to your posts, Martin.

Warm regards all 'round.
Doug Willingham
 
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Howdy Everyone,

I've enjoyed this thread as well and I'm not really that into fashion that much!

Yes that was a great review Randy.

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I would also recommend another new release that examines Lucile's influence on fashion via the Broadway stage (i.e., the Ziegfeld Follies, etc). This is Marlis Schweitzer's "When Broadway was the Runway: Theatre, Fashion and American Culture."

I think I saw this last Wednesday at Barnes & Nobles! I though about getting it but got a new book "Roman Passions: A History Of Pleasure in Imperial Rome" instead by Ray Laurence! I'll probably kick myself later on for not getting "When Broadway was the Runway: Theatre, Fashion and American Culture."! But perhaps I can get the new Lucile Book and then I'll feel better!
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