Anyone not living in a '50s bomb shelter knows how popular James Cameron's film about the 1912 maritime disaster has become. In addition to winning eleven Oscars and being the all-time box office winner, Titanic has generated increasing interest in the history and styles of this early twentieth century period. Here are some costume-related tidbits, articles and links:
The Titanic on Tour exhibit that travelled around the U.S. Paramount Parks sites this fall has moved to Europe for a 3 year run.
A review of the Spring 1998 FIDM "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit" including a half-dozen costumes from the award-winning Titanic, as well as an overview of all of the Oscar nominees on display.
Photos of the Titanic costumes from the FIDM exhibit, taken by Zelda Gilbert of the Costumers' Guild West. Also photos of actual period garments, from the FIDM collection. Thanks, Zelda!!
Titanic on Tour Exhibit Photos
Titanic Costumes is a new series of web articles by Penny Ladnier, with details on costumes in the tour exhibit as well as those from dealers who sold the movie originals. I also recommend checking out Penny's terrific The Costume Gallery web site.
A German-based company offering reproductions of several Titanic dresses. Has anyone seen their products? Let us know!
Simplicity Patterns is offering a new pattern (it's #8399 in their Simplicity Costume line) which includes simplified versions of both the Titanic jump and flying dresses. Incidentally, there is no indication on the package of the pattern sources; guess they did not get the official blessing....For comments on the patterns themselves, check the Titanic Project page referenced above.
Peter Fox provided the red boots worn by Kate Winslet in Rose's "jump" scene. They offer a lovely selection of period styles, aimed toward bridal ensembles but otherwise useful as well.
Titanic Jewelry Online Shopping offers a butterfly comb and a variety of versions of That Necklace, as well as other Edwardian-style reproduction necklaces, earrings and brooches.
Lady Cynthia Millinery makes hats for several different historical periods, as well as custom orders. Included in the collection is a version of Rose's boarding ensemble hat.
J. Peterman has been expanding its delightful collection of mail order clothing with some Hollywood movie selections, including reproductions of several Titanic reproductions, including Rose's boarding ensemble and jump dress, Jack's borrowed tuxedo, and many more. Ask for the J. Peterman Gift Book No. 3 to see all offerings. Peterman has just opened six retail stores around the country (with more planned), and many Titanic ensembles were available at the San Francisco location. (Jennie Chancey has some info, including some catalog illustrations, on her site, too.)
Available from FAO Schwarz: "Heart of the Ocean"-shaped purse, designed by Katherine Baumann of Beverly Hills ($1,500); smaller pill box ($375) and keychain ($60) versions offered as well. And a limoges box, also pendant-shaped, for a mere $200.
Rose DeWitt Bukater dolls
Megatoystore FAO Schwarz offers a limited edition Titanic doll collection, featuring Rose in either her boarding outfit or the beaded dinner dress ($395 each). Fanatics can purchase a steamer trunk set which includes the doll and three ensembles (the third appears from the photo to be either the swimming dress or the nightgown) for $1,200.
Galoob Toys -- who also make Star Wars and Men in Black figures and Spice Girls Fashion Dolls (!) -- have announced a new doll series featuring the lead character from Titanic. The first Rose doll, 11-1/2 inches high and wearing the red beaded gown (aka the "jump dress") she was wearing when she first met Jack Dawson on the Titanic, will sell for around $70 and will be available in October.
The Tina Earnshaw collection is now available from Max Factor. Inspired by the epic blockbuster, lipsticks and nail enamels created by the Oscar-nominated Titanic make-up designer come in six romantic shades: Exhilarated, Rebellious, Heartbroken, Passionate, Liberated and Independent.
Titanic: The Video
Titanic was released on video September 1, 1998, in both standard and widescreen versions (of course you want widescreen!). Price is around $20 for either from Reel.com. (They are also now offering previously-viewed copies at $7.99 each.)
New Images Sources
A 1999 Titanic calendar from HarperCollins may still be available in bookstores. The illustrated screenplay is now also available. Both include some nice photo shots of the film's costumes.
The official film site includes sketches of a dozen costumes from Oscar-winning designer Deborah Lynn Scott, supplementing a large collection of photos, production details, audio interviews and video clips. A huge site, well worth a visit.