Document Type

Conference Proceeding


To mark the ninetieth anniversary of the decision, Pace University School of Law sponsored a Symposium, The Enduring Legacy of Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, to reconsider the case and to appreciate the accomplishments of Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, who as Lucile, became one of the twentieth century's most innovative fashion designers. The Symposium brought together leading contracts scholars from as far away as Australia and England as well as experts on Lucile from the worlds of fashion, museums and fashion scholarship.

The Symposium examined legal issues raised by the decision through panels that focused upon: implication, interpretation and default terms; the context of the case; implication and best efforts in the employment context; and Wood v. Lucy as a teaching vehicle. This introduction to Pace Law Review's Symposium Issue discusses Lady Lucy's career and offers a precis of the papers herein.