She had the distinction of being the first British based designer to achieve international fame, and she was also the first titled woman who had entered trade, to make such a mark in the world. Her name was Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon, who worked under the name Lucile from 1894, after her first disastrous marriage ended in divorce. In 1900 she became Lady Duff Gordon, when she married Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon of Scotland.
Her design style was notable for its unabashed femininity, abundant details, and adroit mixes of color. Also, her clothes had a strong sense of free movement, which was right on target for how women were feeling about themselves, and how they wanted to face the world. Unwilling to give up their overt femininity, but wanting more modern freedoms, Lucile's splendid mix of colors, lightweight, mobile textiles, and lavish embellishments, seemed the perfect answer.
One of the reasons her work appeals to me so much, is because she was one of the first women to really make it on her own internationally, as a business woman, and whose husband was quite at peace with his wife's having a career.