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Finding Aid for the Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon drawings, 1913-1923, 1913-1917
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon drawings
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1923, 1913-1917
    Collection number: 624
    Creator: Duff Gordon, Lucy, Lady.
    Extent: 25 oversize boxes (255 items).
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon Drawings (Collection 624). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5165153 


    Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon, was born Lucy Christiana Sutherland in London in 1863. She began a dressmaking business after her divorce from James Stuart Wallace. The business was successful and evolved into Maison Lucile, a couture house known for Lucile's ethereal and colorful designs, as well as for its celebrity clientele. In 1900 she married Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon. In addition to her couture house, she wrote fashion columns for the Hearst papers as well as fashion magazines. Some of the commissions she worked on around the time of these sketches were for the British premiere of the Franz Lehar operetta, The merry widow (1907), for Broadway's Ziegfeld follies revues (1915-1921), and for the Hollywood film, Way down East (1920). She died on April 20, 1935, at the age of 71, of breast cancer at a nursing home in London.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of fashion sketches by Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon. The color sketches are in pen or pencil with descriptions.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Sketches are arranged chronologically, 1913-1923, with the exception of some material added later, which date from 1916-1917 and appear at the end.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Duff Gordon, Lucy, Lady--Archives.
    Women fashion designers--England--Archival resources.
    Costume design--Drawings.