Before Chanel there was Lucile.
She was one of the world's most glamorous women and the most famous fashionista of the Edwardian age. Yet, couturiere Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon was born as just plain Lucy Sutherland and grew up in a stone farmhouse in Ontario, Canada. How she went from a backwoods farm to presiding over an international fashion empire is a remarkable story of unshakeable determination and female achievement at a time when it was thought that a woman's place was in the home.
Unsinkable Lucile is a lavishly illustrated story of Lucile's lively childhood, her rise to the top of the fashion world and her survival of the Titanic disaster and its aftermath, during which she was unjustly vilified. Time and time again, she proved that nothing could sink her spirits or stop her drive to innovate and create.
Among Lucile's many innovations were the first fashion shows, the first fashion models and the Edwardian craze for oversized hats. She also helped free women from the corset and coined the word "chic." Lucile was also a fashion adviser to millions and the creator of clothes seen in over 115 movies.
Replete with historical photos and beautiful paintings by award-winning illustrator Laurie McGaw, Unsinkable Lucile is a humorous, touching and empowering tale of a woman who beat the odds, never backed down and changed the world of fashion forever.
About the authors
HUGH BREWSTER has twenty-five years of experience creating books about the Titanic as an editor, publisher and writer. He worked with Robert D. Ballard to produce the 1987 international bestseller The Discovery of the Titanic and oversaw the creation of Titanic: An Illustrated History, a book that provided inspiration for James Cameron’s epic movie. Brewster is also the author of Inside the Titanic, 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions about the Titanic and Deadly Voyage, and has written twelve award-winning books for young readers, including Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, a 2007 Governor General’s Award nominee. He lives in Toronto. Visit him online at www.hughbrewster.com or follow him on Twitter @hughbrewster.
Other titles by Hugh Brewster
From Vimy to Victory
Canada's Fight to the Finish in World War I
Au Canada : Prisonnier à Dieppe
Deuxième Guerre mondiale, Alistair Morrison, La France sous l'Occupation, 1942
Au Canada : Voyage mortel
RMS Titanic, Jamie Laidlaw, La traversée de l'Atlantique, 1912
I Am Canada: Deadly Voyage
R.M.S. Titanic, Jamie Laidlaw, Crossing the Atlantic, 1912
I Am Canada: Prisoner of Dieppe
Word War II, Alistair Morrison, Occupied France, 1942
Canada's Darkest Day of World War II
Dieppe : La journée la plus sombre de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
The Story of a Painting
At Vimy Ridge
Canada's Greatest World War I Victory
To Be A Princess
Fascinating Lives of Real Princesses