1. A Lucile model in a striking chiffon evening dress and fur shawl. Her laurel wreath headband shows the heavy influences of neoclassicism in the early 1910s.

    A Lucile model in a striking chiffon evening dress and fur shawl. Her laurel wreath headband shows the heavy influences of neoclassicism in the early 1910s.

  2. A wonderful bright purple evening gown from Lucile’s Winter 1911 collection.
If you’re interested/independently wealthy, this dress is going up for auction on April 28th.
The pre-auction estimate is $3,000-5,000. Who needs a car/apartment/college tuition when you could own a Lucile gown?! Although it is worth keeping in mind that the pre-auction estimate for this Lucile gown was $5,000-7,000. It will be interesting to see if this gown has similar results.

    A wonderful bright purple evening gown from Lucile’s Winter 1911 collection.

    If you’re interested/independently wealthy, this dress is going up for auction on April 28th.

    The pre-auction estimate is $3,000-5,000. Who needs a car/apartment/college tuition when you could own a Lucile gown?! Although it is worth keeping in mind that the pre-auction estimate for this Lucile gown was $5,000-7,000. It will be interesting to see if this gown has similar results.

  3. This insanely beautiful evening gown was part of Lucile’s debut American collection in 1910. The gown is made of voided velvet and was heavily influenced by the Orientalist craze of the early 1910s.
Doyle New York sold this gown at auction for $35,850 in 2004.

    This insanely beautiful evening gown was part of Lucile’s debut American collection in 1910. The gown is made of voided velvet and was heavily influenced by the Orientalist craze of the early 1910s.

    Doyle New York sold this gown at auction for $35,850 in 2004.

  4. A beautifully embroidered evening gown entitled ‘Revelry’, Lucile, 1905.

    A beautifully embroidered evening gown entitled ‘Revelry’, Lucile, 1905.

  5. Lucile was fond of giving her gowns dramatic and descriptive titles. This 1905 evening gown is called “The Elusive Joy of Youth”!

    Lucile was fond of giving her gowns dramatic and descriptive titles. This 1905 evening gown is called “The Elusive Joy of Youth”!

  6. A design for a dramatic navy blue and black evening gown entitled ‘Oblivion’ by Lucile, 1905.

    A design for a dramatic navy blue and black evening gown entitled ‘Oblivion’ by Lucile, 1905.

  7. At first glance this 1905 evening gown designed by Lucile and entitled ‘A Protest’ appears to be just a pretty dress, if not with a slightly unusual name and color combination. The whole truth is far more interesting.
I wrote a while back about the Victorian practice of using different colors or gemstones to spell out messages in jewelry. This dress uses the same practice on a larger scale.
The color combination of (g)reen, (w)hite and (v)iolet would have sent a very specific message to any one in the know.
Specifically: (G)ive (W)omen the (V)ote.
This is a suffragette ball gown!

    At first glance this 1905 evening gown designed by Lucile and entitled ‘A Protest’ appears to be just a pretty dress, if not with a slightly unusual name and color combination. The whole truth is far more interesting.

    I wrote a while back about the Victorian practice of using different colors or gemstones to spell out messages in jewelry. This dress uses the same practice on a larger scale.

    The color combination of (g)reen, (w)hite and (v)iolet would have sent a very specific message to any one in the know.

    Specifically: (G)ive (W)omen the (V)ote.

    This is a suffragette ball gown!

  8. Lucile was noted for her layering of sheer fabrics as can be seen in this 1905 evening dress.
The robin egg’s blue color is absolutely gorgeous!

    Lucile was noted for her layering of sheer fabrics as can be seen in this 1905 evening dress.

    The robin egg’s blue color is absolutely gorgeous!

  9. A colorful, handkerchief-style evening dress by Schiaparelli, Summer 1940.

    A colorful, handkerchief-style evening dress by Schiaparelli, Summer 1940.

  10. An exquisite velvet evening gown by Schiaparelli, 1934-1935.

    An exquisite velvet evening gown by Schiaparelli, 1934-1935.