Re: Lucile Avant Garde Vivid Voided Velvet Evening Gown
Originally Posted by DosViolines
You know, this dress sold for $35,850(!) to a "foreign buyer" in 2004.
Seriously, I can not even imagine being able to just
write out a check for that sum of money...for a dress..that
definitely should not be worn or even handled excessively.
I would love to know who bought it-a museum maybe?
This was a small 43-page catalog which accompanied a brief Lucile exhibit at the Museum at FIT in NYC.
I scanned & posted pages 2-29. The rest of the pages (30-43), contain info on the individual items in the exhibit,
bibliography & notes & are in smaller text.
Color Plate 1
Color Plate 2
Color Plate 3
All scans from exhibition catalog: "Designing the It Girl: Lucile and Her Style"
Museum at FIT
March 1-April 16, 2005
Last edited by Sacheverelle; 01-09-2008 at 09:04 PM.
Evening dress, designed about 1912, Lucile (1863-1935) V&A Museum no. T.31-1960
Techniques - Satin, trimmed with chiffon and machine-made lace; cummerbund of silk velvet; bodice lined with grosgrain and supported with whalebone
Place - London, England
In 1960 the Museum acquired a cross-section of Miss Heather Firbank's wardrobe dating from the early 1900s to 1920. The particularly distinctive garments include understated pastel-coloured day dresses, immaculately tailored suits and graceful evening dresses, such as this satin gown. It reveals Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon) in a fairly restrained mood. The long slit skirt is especially interesting, although its draped construction is not too revealing despite Lady Duff Gordon's claim that she had 'loosed upon a startled London . . . draped skirts that opened to reveal the legs'.
Lucile was born Lucy Sutherland in London in 1863. She began dressmaking for friends, and in 1891 opened her own fashion house. She married Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon in 1900. Lady Duff Gordon became a celebrated fashion designer with branches in New York (1909), Chicago (1911) and Paris (1911). She was famous for her clever use of fabrics to create soft and harmonious effects, subtle colour schemes and romantic dresses, particularly suited to evening wear. As she wrote in Discretions and Indiscretions (1932): 'For me there was a positive intoxication in taking yards of shimmering silks, laces airy as gossamer and lengths of ribbons, delicate and rainbow-coloured, and fashioning of them garments so lovely that they might have been worn by some princess in a fairy tale'.
Worn by Miss Heather Firbank
I love her clothes! I'd definitely wear something like this even today.
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