Saturday, April 14, 2018

Glamour on Board: Titanic Costume Exhibition

Warning: this post has lots of photos! And unfortunately, they're not all sharp or properly exposed. But I was taking many photos in a short amount of time indoors without a flash. Some of my photography makes these vibrant costumes look washed out, but I wanted to share them anyway for any Titanic costume fans - like me - greedy for any costume details.

As I mentioned in the last post, we were lucky enough to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and see the Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie exhibition on Easter. If you want to catch it, it runs until May 13, 2018. Titanic is one of my favorite films, and absolutely my favorite film for costumes. Steven is a big Titanic fan too, so we were very excited to view this exhibition.

I was too young to see the film when it first came to theatres, but Steven - who is almost three years younger than me - was allowed to see it in the theatre at the tender age of eight. Years later, we saw it together when it came to the big screen in 3D in 2012.
Here's the infamous boarding suit worn by Rose, played by Kate Winslet, of course! And that amazing violet-colored hat.
Ahhhhh! The dinner dress and Jack's borrowed tux. How amazing is that rosey-salmon color through the black chiffon? Below is the Countess of Rothes's and the Captain's costumes. (Side story: one Thanksgiving, Steven and I - along with everyone else - were pressured to stand up and say what we were thankful for. It was a large, extended-family event and neither of us liked being put on the spot. However, Steven stood up and gave Jack's whole "To making it count" speech without blinking an eye. If anybody realized he was quoting Titanic, they didn't say anything. Steven has an amazing memory and pretty much had the film memorized).I was thrilled to see the "elevator dress" in person - and full-length for the first time (above)! You can just barely see this gown in the film. Rose is wearing it while exiting an elevator and she's partially obscured. It's beautiful, though. I love the different textures of black and white contrasted with the large rose at the bust. And how pretty is that necklace with the amber teardrops? Whenever we're watching the movie I yell "ELEVATOR DRESS!" and point at the screen when it shows up. So Steven did the same in person. :-D
I wish my photos of the deck dress were better - the yellow was richer in person. Costumer Deborah Lynn Scott picked some fantastic colors for Kate Winslet to wear. I always thought her hair color in the film went so well with this dress. Below are costumes worn by Frances Fisher as Ruth Dewitt Bukater and Billy Zane as Cal Hockley. I never noticed Ruth's large butterfly detail in the film.The red dress Rose wears when she meets Jack for the first time may be my favorite costume in the film. It was displayed in the beautiful library at the Biltmore house, along with Cal's tuxedo.There were a number of stunning costumes worn by background actors.Another costume worn by Ruth.
I was excited to see the Astors' costumes (above). I always look for the butterfly on the front of Mrs. Astor's gold-colored gown - but it was missing here. Hmmm... the mystery if the missing butterfly??
Above are the costumes worn by Rose and Cal in the tense breakfast scene. Below is the dressing gown Rose wore when Cal gave her the "Heart of the Ocean."
The three photos above show costumes worn by background actors.
Above is Rose's famous "flying dress," which I failed to capture in all it's vibrant indigo glory. The information provided by the exhibition noted that it was a challenge to get the fabrics in this costume the same blue, since they absorb dye differently.
Rose's light and airy "hero dress" and her pink coat. According to the information in the exhibition, Kate Winslet was a size 6, but the costumer wanted her in a size 8 coat to make her look more vulnerable.
"Draw me like one of your French Girls!" I love that the belt is dyed in a gradient.
Trudy the Stewardess's uniform was also on display. I love her elegant little watch.
Costumes worn by Fabrizio, played by Danny Nucci, and Helga, played by Camilla Overbye Roos.
Costume worn by little Cora, played by Alexandrea Owens.
The exhibition ended with Jack and Rose's dream costumes. I knew that Rose's dress at the end of the film is a white version of her dinner dress, but I didn't know that the white fabric underneath had a faint paisley print. Outside of the context of the film, Jack's simple corduroys and brown collared shirt look almost contemporary. It was a delight to notice details on these costumes that I never noticed or - couldn't see - in the film. As a Titanic fan, the exhibition was so much fun and

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Biltmore Estate on Easter

Hello! I've disappeared for awhile because I've been so busy. I probably won't be blogging regularly again for a long time, but I'll be keeping this space here for sporadic thoughts and photography.

With my art keeping me busy, I haven't had much time to invest in photography, but I'm back to share our spring trip to the Biltmore Estate. 

Some good friends gave us passes and we went with them on Easter. Although it was crowded, touring the house was not as hectic as usual because everyone with children was gathered on the front lawn for the Easter Egg hunt. Steven and I were so excited to see the Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie exhibition. Titanic is - by far - my favorite film for costumes - and I was thrilled to get a closer look at Rose's wardrobe. I'll be sharing those photos in the next post. If you're thinking of catching the exhibition, it runs until May 13, 2018.

But here are some sights in and around the Biltmore House. The day was overcast, but not as gray as my photos indicate. We spent some time waiting in long lines outside for trolleys to and from the parking lot. We didn't mind because the weather was sooo nice.

I'll be posting my Titanic costume photos in a few days. Happy spring!

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