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Lucile Ltd: London, Paris, New York and Chicago: 1890s-1930s Hardcover – 15 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: V&A Publishing; 01 edition (15 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851775617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851775613
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Valerie D Mendes is a fashion and textiles historian who became Chief Curator of the former Textiles and Dress Department at the V&A. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on twentieth century dress and textiles. Amy de la Haye is Reader of Fashion Curation and Material Culture, and joint Director of the M.A. in Fashion Curation, at London College of Fashion. She also works as a writer and creative consultant and was formerly Curator of 20th Century Fashion at the V&A.


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The Victoria and Albert Museum have struck upon the idea of photographically reproducing each page of the 1905 design book for Lucille publishing this record of designs and fabrics for all. Accompanying the book are a number of photographic likenesses reproduced from the archives. All this is a joy to see with the only disappointment being the essay that is Chapter One. While it draws together various threads of diverse sources to weave a generally informative tapestry there is an undertone of incredulousness that undermines this otherwise celebratory book. Admiration for appearance is there, but the practicalities of wearing the clothes are described disdainfully. The common cry of discomfort is employed once again to assert the superiority of Now over the realities of Then. Even the application of French terminology seems to be treated as arcane or as evidence of an unpalatable elitism. Fortunately this essay is but a small part of the book that is so very interesting and a wonderful resource now made widely available. Have this book for the reproduced designs, read with courage for most is excellent and treat that one essay as a poorly filleted fish course.
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Although I'm not a huge fan of early Edwardian fashions, I found this book fascinating. The bulk of the book is a facsimile of a 1905 Lucile album - the equivalent of a modern fashion designer's "lookbook" - so there isn't a great deal of text in the book as a whole. What text there is, though, is excellent. I completely disagree with the previous reviewer who suggested that the tone of the introductory chapters is in some way disdainful; I found it to be quite the opposite. The biographical information is well-written and concise, and makes several references to Lucile's prodigious talent. The authors' sheer joy at having such an incredible artefact to work with comes through quite clearly.

Personally, I would have liked to see more information about the remainder of Lucile's career - although the title says "1890s to 1930s", and there is a very interesting chapter at the back covering the later years, the vast majority of the text really only relates to the early Edwardian period.
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Bought this for my daughter who has became obsessed with the titanic following a school project.
Lovely pictures of Lady Lucy's designs.
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Well Illustrated, but text is poor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but not very thorough 28 Mar. 2012
By Denise Morales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love the quality of the printing and layout of this book, and the overview of the V&A's collection of Lucile designs is very nice, but it leaves much to be desired as a thorough survey of this couturier's work. The images are fantastic throughout, although they tend to date to the earlier half of Lady Duff-Gordon's career (pre-1910). The sketch album facsimile takes up most of the book, and while this is quite beautiful and the descriptions of the drawings are excellent, the chapters on Lady Duff-Gordon's life are rather meager. As a visual record of her house's early aesthetic this book is a fine resource but as a biography it is not. I would suggest readers interested in a fuller treatment of her career get the new biography, Lucile - Her Life by Design by Randy Bigham, an independently produced title that might not compete with V&A production values but surpasses its Lucile volume in completeness.
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