Titanic fashion, 1912

18 March 2011

I’m fascinated by the Titanic – are you? I’m horrified by the terrible tragedy, of course but also can’t help but be enthralled by the glamour of the elegant interiors and, of course, the exquisitely dressed passengers. I love looking at pictures of the artifacts that have been brought up from the bottom of the ocean and am actually watching a film about the Titanic as I write this now. No, not that one, a black and white one.

Here’s some pictures of clothes that date from 1911-12 in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Of course, Downton Abbey fans may like this too as the series starts in 1912 just after the sinking of the Titanic…

Mme Jeanne Paquin, evening dress, 1912. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

American day dress, 1912. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mme Jeanne Paquin, evening gown, 1912. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jeanne Hallée, afternoon dress, 1912. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

House of Drécoll, day dress, 1912. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Herbert Luey, evening dress, 1912. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Callot Soeurs, evening dress, 1910-12. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Paul Poiret, evening gown, 1912-14. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Callot Soeurs, evening dress, 1911. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mrs Osborn Company, evening dress, 1911-13. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Evening dress, 1911-13. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Plaza Gown Parlors, evening gown, 1911-12. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Callot Soeurs, evening dress, 1911-14. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mrs Osborn Company, evening gown, 1910. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art. I don’t think any of the above deck passengers on the Titanic would have worn a dress that was two years out of date but couldn’t resist including this one as it is so beautiful.

Dinner dress, 1910-12. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

French evening dress, 1910. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Worth, evening gown, 1910-14. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Worth, evening dress, 1910. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.



G&E Spitzer, evening dress, 1910-12. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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