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The Witchery of a Parisian Night in 1912

It is an evening in Paris-every kind of costume and color is seen, from the simplest lingerie frock to the gowns of the most gorgeous description. Lady Duff-Gordon describes her latest designs by Lucile including a new Coat and Skirt Suit, Black Satin Evening Gown, Afternoon Frock of Bottle Green Charmeuse, and Stunning new Evening Gowns.

A New Coat and Skirt Suit - Designed by Lucile

A New Coat and Skirt Suit - Designed by Lucile - Of a rich green faille with the tunic of the skirt draped at the side, and the coat following the same line, both being caught up  with a beautiful belt of dull silver brocade finished with a heavy silver buckle. The coat has a collar of heavy silk embroidery, and a long tassel  of silk and silver at the side. A row of small buttons of the material trim the coat. Her Wardrobe: The Witchery of a Parisian Night With Sidelights on Gorgeous New Gowns in the Restaurants and Ballrooms. Good Housekeeping (October 1912) p. 521. GGA Image ID # 1106af819b

Black Satin Evening Gown By Lucile

Black Satin Evening Gown By Lucile - The black satin skirt is gracefully draped at one side, and the pointed train is finished with a long black silk tassel. A silver tissue lace is used for the bodice, the draping of which is caught in the front with orange colored tissue ribbon. Good Housekeeping (October 1912) p. 522. GGA Image ID # 1106e48c73

Afternoon Frock of Bottle Green Charmeuse From Lucile

Afternoon Frock of Bottle Green Charmeuse From Lucile - The skirt is slightly caught up near the bottom. The bodice is draped in a low V, displaying a vest of lace, and a garland of silk flowers nestles against the turned-back revers. The sash of the material is knotted at one side with long fringe on the end. Good Housekeeping (October 1912) p. 522. GGA Image ID # 110767604d

STUNNING EVENING GOWNS – From Lucile

STUNNING EVENING GOWNS – From Lucile. Good Housekeeping (October 1912) p. 522. GGA Image ID # 1107b23157

On the left, standing, the dress is an emerald green with draped chiffon. The embroidery around the corsage is emeralds caught with a large cabuchon buckle.

Standing beside her is a girl wearing a gown of two shades of smoke-colored chiffon over flesh pink foundation. A wide band encircling the waist is gorgeously embroidered in green, gold and purple and studded with sapphires. Across her right shoulder is a wreath of flowers in different shades of blue, scarlet and white.

Seated below her is a young girl gowned in a pale blue and while chiffon embroidered with tiny diamonds, diamond flowers and silver leaves. The waistband and corsage is trimmed with small diamonds and colored beads which is draped over a transparent underdress of very pale pink, embroidered with small rose and silver tubes.

Sitting beside her is another girl who has adopted the taffeta panier costume in a dark blue and mauve taffeta, faded orange flowers with green leaves distinguishing the pattern. Its lining of blue, vert de gris, turns over the feet. There is an indigo blue and gold embroidered high waist band. The top of the bodice is of indigo blue, embroidered with gold thread and tiny bluish-green sequins.

The girl on the arm of the sofa is wearing a yellow chiffon frock, embroidered all over with tiny pink rosebuds on a trellis of silver tubes. It is-draped over a flesh pink underskirt, and there are several shades of very pale pink and green around the waist, with a corsage drapery of pale lemon chiffon.

Lady Duff-Gordon ("Lucile"), "The Witchery of a Parisian Night - With Sidelights on Gorgeous New Gowns in the Restaurants and Ballrooms," in Her Wardrobe - A Monthly Department of Fashions and Patterns, in Good Housekeeping, New York: Good Housekeeping Magazine, Vol. LV, No. 4, Whole No. 408, Annual Achievement Number, October 1912, p. 521-523.

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