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Gordon, Lucy Duff ('Lucile')
Discretions and Indiscretions
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1932. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First edition, advance review copy with slip tipped in on half-title page, which states the publication date as Sep 12 1932, and the retail price as $3.00 (the equivalent of $57 today!). Boards faintly soiled, top edge faintly stained (does not affect interior). vi, 333 pp. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece and plates. A memoir by the first internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Lucy Duff Gordon, who went by the professional name Lucile. She pioneered the 'mannequin parade' which presaged modern fashion shows; trained the first professional fashion models; modernized lingerie; developed the 'it girl' concept popularized in fiction by her sister Elinor Glyn; and founded the first international couture line which was worn by influential members of the worlds of politics and entertainment. She also survived the sinking of the Titanic - which she discusses in this book - and narrowly escaped dying in the sinking of the Lusitania, having canceled her travel plans due to illness. She and her husband testified at the British inquiry into the disaster, and several films and other dramatic works have depicted her, including A Night to Remember and James Cameron's Titanic.
Bookseller: Yesterday's Muse, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA [United States]
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