Lucile -Vogue Archives-
Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, an extraordinary British couturier, innovator and businesswoman was traveling to do business in America—she had set up a house in New York in 1909, and Chicago in 1911, the year before the Titanic sailed. Perhaps—it is not recorded—Lucile was crossing the Atlantic to bring her spring couture collection to America. She certainly was traveling with her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, and her maid, Laura Mabel Francatelli, known as “Franks.” All three were saved on Lifeboat No. 1, one of the last to leave.