Unfortunately some of these posts will be repetitive as there are only so many museums in London that house fashion and dress departments (that being said, London has one of the highest concentration of museums with fashion and dress departments in the world!).
So, if you’re visiting London, where can you see garments designed by Lucile? Well, begin with the V&A and the Museum of London, both of which have extensive collections of her work. The Museum of London also houses artifacts Lucile herself saved in a successful attempt to preserve the historical and cultural importance of the design house.
I will not be able to see the newly opened Fashion Gallery at the V&A for another few weeks so I’m not sure what exactly is on display, but I’d be extremely surprised if a Lucile garment wasn’t present! I’ll be sure to post once I’ve seen the new Fashion Gallery at the V&A as well as the displays at the Museum of London, Kensington Palace, and the Design Museum.
Outside of London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has an extensive collection of Lucile garments. Many of them are quite gorgeous and display the artistic ability of Lucile as well as her concern with making women feel feminine and lovely.
I will be sure to do more research when I’m in London in late June/early July and get back to everyone! I would love to be able to spend a longer period of time in London sifting through various museum collections, with the aid of curators of course, to gain a deeper understanding of what each museum houses in their collections. A girl can dream, can’t she?
(Photos courtesy of the V&A and the Metropolitan Museum of Art)