1. An exquisite close-up shot of a model in a Lucile ensemble, circa 1912.

    An exquisite close-up shot of a model in a Lucile ensemble, circa 1912.

  2. A Lucile model wearing an amazingly embroidered tunic/robe over a simple chiffon dress. I love how Lucile has her posed as a caryatid to reflect the classical influence of the ensemble.

    A Lucile model wearing an amazingly embroidered tunic/robe over a simple chiffon dress. I love how Lucile has her posed as a caryatid to reflect the classical influence of the ensemble.

  3. Amazingly, Lucile’s most important contributions to the world of fashion were probably not her designs.
Lucile is credited with hiring and training the world’s first profession fashion models and using them to stage the very first catwalk-style runway shows!
This photograph was taken of one of Lucile’s models (which she called mannequins) in 1912.

    Amazingly, Lucile’s most important contributions to the world of fashion were probably not her designs.

    Lucile is credited with hiring and training the world’s first profession fashion models and using them to stage the very first catwalk-style runway shows!

    This photograph was taken of one of Lucile’s models (which she called mannequins) in 1912.

  4. 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.

  5. A gorgeous fur and feather hat, Schiaparelli, 1948.

    A gorgeous fur and feather hat, Schiaparelli, 1948.

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

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

  7. This silk blouse from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1940 collection, in addition to being gorgeous, is also a bold political statement.
Bearing a fleur-de-lis, a traditional symbol of France, and the Latin phrase “AUT VINCERE AUT MORI”, literally “conquer or die”.
This blouse was a striking statement against the Nazi conquest during the Battle of France. And a moving show of support by Schiaparelli for her adopted homeland, which would fall to the Nazi invasion within months.

    This silk blouse from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1940 collection, in addition to being gorgeous, is also a bold political statement.

    Bearing a fleur-de-lis, a traditional symbol of France, and the Latin phrase “AUT VINCERE AUT MORI”, literally “conquer or die”.

    This blouse was a striking statement against the Nazi conquest during the Battle of France. And a moving show of support by Schiaparelli for her adopted homeland, which would fall to the Nazi invasion within months.

  8. A belt with hand shaped clasps from Schiaparelli’s 1934 Fall-Winter collection.

    A belt with hand shaped clasps from Schiaparelli’s 1934 Fall-Winter collection.

  9. A grape covered Schiaparelli cocktail hat, Fall-Winter 1939.

    A grape covered Schiaparelli cocktail hat, Fall-Winter 1939.

  10. A butterfly covered Schiaparelli dress, Spring-Summer 1937.

    A butterfly covered Schiaparelli dress, Spring-Summer 1937.