Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon (1863-1935) first married at the age of 18. With her marriage ending in divorce, Duff Gordon was left with a daughter, Esmé, to support. She turned to dress making and opened Maison Lucile. Her designs quickly became popular and Lucy started to be known as “Lucile” professionally.

After the business became successful, Lucy hired Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon as a business partner to handle financial matters. Their relationship developed outside of work and the couple married in 1900.

Lady Duff Gordon did not plan on traveling on Titanic, but she and her husband set voyage on the Ship due to urgent business matters in New York. Lady Duff Gordon and her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, made it safely onto Lifeboat 1, occupied by only 12 passengers.