Thursday, April 30, 2009


Lucile with model

Maison Lucile

Born as Lucy Sutherland on June 13th, 1863, she spent her childhood in both Canada and the Channel Islands. She became married to James Wallace in 1884. They had a child together, though Wallace’s drinking led their marriage into a separation by 1890. In 1893, their marriage was officially ended by divorce, a rarity of the time. Because of this divorce, Lucy found herself nearly penniless. She began a dressmaking business from her home before renting a shop and workspace in London in 1894.

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