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Lucy Christiana ('Lucile') (née Sutherland), Lady Duff Gordon

(1863-1935), Fashion designer and dressmaker

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Lucy Duff Gordon was a prominent fashion designer and dressmaker and founder of the fashion house 'Lucile'. One of the first world famous British fashion designers, she created the "mannequin parade", a precursor to the modern fashion show. Lucile became a major international brand, famous for its tea gowns, eveningwear and lingerie, with branches in New York, Chicago, Paris and London. Lady Duff Gordon also drew public attention after her controversial rescue from the Titanic. She, her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, and her secretary were all rescued by Lifeboat No.1, which was revealed to have only carried twelve passengers, despite having a capacity for forty. Sir Cosmo and Lucy were called to testify at the inquiry, where they faced public accusations of cowardice and bribery. After living in America, Lucy returned to London in 1923.

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