I first discovered Lady Duff Gordon as a character in Kate Pullinger's The Mistress of Nothing, and so it came as no surprise to see the very real fashion designer appear in another work of fiction, Kate Alcott's The Dressmaker. I knew Gordon trained the first fashion models and founded the catwalk, but I had no idea she was one of the most famous survivors of the Titanic.

Historical fiction fans who have yet to enjoy a novel starring hard-nosed yet charismatic Gordon are missing out. The Dressmaker, which unfolds before, during and after the sinking, incorporates Gordon's real testimony from the Titanic trials.

Check out the book trailer from Doubleday:

Who is your favorite real historical figure in a novel?

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