Living Fashion: 1915 dress 2.0

I re-did my very first Living Fashion dress, using Corel Painter Essentials this time. It looks much better! It took about five hours and I made extensive use of the smudge blending tool.


The original
The original

This is called the “Happiness” dress. Now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was made in 1915 by Lucile, the professional name of Lucy Sutherland, Lady Duff-Gordon.

Lucile was the first person to give a live fashion show and the first English fashion designer (of any gender) to be internationally famous. She was known for making “emotional gowns” or “personality dresses” – outfits that expressed the personalities of her individual clients; although she didn’t originate this idea, she popularized it and it is still important to fashion designers today – and regular people like me! Lucile also made her corsets less restrictive, skirts higher, necklines lower, and lingerie less complicated.

She survived the sinking of two ships: the first in 1875 after visiting relatives in America, and the Titanic in 1912 with her husband. She would have died on the Lusitania, which was blown up by the Germans in 1915, had she not canceled her trip at the last minute.

You can read more about her on Wikipedia and on


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