Lucile – The Lady’s Designer
Titanic survivor and fashion designer Lady Duff-Gordon had a somewhat questionable reputation (her husband reportedly paid off a Titanic crewmember to board a half-empty women and children-only lifeboat with his wife). Regardless, she was a widely influential fashion designer at the turn of the 20th century and throughout the 1920s under the label Lucile. The Lucile aesthetic was ultra-feminine, showcasing the wearer’s sensuality and hinting at the nude body underneath; Duff-Gordon would construct semi-transparent dresses over a nude foundation fabric. Duff-Gordon is most known for promoting the tea-gown, her lavish fashion shows and for assigning poetic names to each of her gowns.