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Lucile Ltd: London, Paris, New York and Chicago 1890s - 1930s Hardcover – June 1, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851775617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851775613
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 20th 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Denise Morales on March 27, 2012
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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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