A dress of violet taffeta / Tessa Arlen.
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- ISBN: 9780593436851
- ISBN: 0593436857
- Physical Description: 335 pages ; 21 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2022.
"A sumptuous novel based on the fascinating true story of La Belle Époque icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, who shattered the boundaries of fashion with her magnificently sensual and enchantingly unique designs. Lucy Duff Gordon knows she is talented. She sees color, light, and texture in ways few people can begin to imagine. But is the male dominated world of haute couture, who would use her art for their own gain, ready for her? When she is deserted by her wealthy husband, Lucy is left penniless with an aging mother and her five-year-old daughter to support. Desperate to survive, Lucy turns to her one true talent to make a living. As a little girl, the dresses she made for her dolls were the envy of her group of playmates. Now, she uses her creative designs and her remarkable eye for color to take her place in the fashion world-failure is not an option. Then, on a frigid night in 1912, Lucy's life changes once more, when she becomes one of 706 people to survive the sinking of the Titanic. She could never have imagined the effects the disaster would have on her fashion label Lucile, her marriage to her second husband, and her legacy. But no matter what life throws at her, Lucy will live on as a trailblazing and innovative fashion icon, never letting go of what she worked so hard to earn. This is her story"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 June #1
Arlen's second biographical novel (after In Royal Service to the Queen, 2021) focuses on British fashion designer Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, who, after the end of her first marriage in 1893, follows her passion for color and light to build a vastly successful couture empire. At a time when women of her status didn't work or divorce, the financial strain of supporting her mother and daughter leaves her no choice but to try to impress the right people with her dressmaking skill. Lucy breaks new ground in the male-dominated world of women's fashion, slowly finds love again, and survives the Titanic, all while expanding her company internationally. The story is told from the perspectives of Lucy and her assistant Celia, a workhouse orphan who goes from scullery maid to managing the business. Arlen deftly uses evocative descriptions of fabric, people, and settings to bring each scene to life. Familiar names are woven into the narrative to further establish Lucy's place in history. This is recommended for fans of Marie Benedict and Jennifer Chiaverini and for readers looking to rediscover strong, inspiring women of the past. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
Tessa Arlen is the USA Today bestselling author of the Woman of World War II Mysteries and the novel In Royal Service to the Queen. Born in Singapore, the daughter of a British diplomat, she has lived in Egypt, Germany, the Persian Gulf, China, and India. She now lives with her husband in historic Santa Fe, where she gardens in summer and writes in winter.
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