Titanic Style: Dress and Fashion on the Voyage

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Titanic Style explores the world of fashion and dress at the time of RMS Titanic’s famous voyage. We are taken through the wardrobes of passengers and crew of all classes and ages, from the most intimate undergarments to the warm overcoats needed on that last fearful cold night. 

The ship was a microcosm of post-Edwardian society, in which everyone belonged to a particular class and dressed accordingly. The luxurious attire of the ladies in first class, the cream...

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Overview


Titanic Style explores the world of fashion and dress at the time of RMS Titanic’s famous voyage. We are taken through the wardrobes of passengers and crew of all classes and ages, from the most intimate undergarments to the warm overcoats needed on that last fearful cold night. 

The ship was a microcosm of post-Edwardian society, in which everyone belonged to a particular class and dressed accordingly. The luxurious attire of the ladies in first class, the cream of European and American society, was changed several times a day, while the more sober and conservative clothes of the men of all ranks subtly conveyed their status, and children were dressed to enhance their social standing. 

We also visit the families below deck, dressed in second-hand or homemade clothes, heading for a new life in a country free of repressive class distinction. Stories and records of individual passengers and crew members are woven into the narrative to give an engaging account of what life was really like on board the world’s most famous ocean liner.    

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  • ISBN-13: 9781620871997
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Evans studied history at the University of York.
Passionate about the history of fashion, she began her career at the Museum of
London before taking the post of Keeper of Costume at Chertsey Museum, which she has held for over ten years. In addition to curating a series of fashion exhibitions, she regularly lectures and writes about the history of dress. Her book Fashion in Focus — 1600 to 2009: Treasures of the Olive Matthews
Collection at Chertsey Museum was published in 2011.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v

1 Introduction 1

2 Fashion and Status: Women in First Class 7

3 Dressed for Display: Children in First Class 63

4 Of Conservative Cut: Gentlemen in First Class 85

5 Followers of Fashion: Second and Third Class Passengers 109

6 Dressed for Work: Crew and Servants 139

Notes 161

Appendix: Compensation Claims 165

Select Bibliography 172

Illustration Credits 174

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