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Where to shop for Reproduction Titanic Dresses, Patterns and Accessories
If you are attending a Titanic or Edwardian themed event, performing in the musical "Titanic," need a Halloween costume, or just love fashion of this era as much as I do then you have come to the right page. I will show you pre-made costumes you can buy online, patterns for making your own reproduction Titanic dresses and seamstresses who can make a dress for you.
Did you know?
Of the 2,224 people on board the RMS Titanic on April 12, 1912, 144 were 1st class women who each wore 3-4 dresses a day. On a 7 day journey that would be about 20 dresses per women (some were worn more then once.) In total about 2,880 1st class dresses went down with the ship. To a fashion lover, especially historical fashions, that is tragic.
The costume to the left is a stunning reproduction of Rose's arrival dress. Rose made a grand entrance in this dress suit and so can you. Made of a good quality cotton and polyester blend material the cream-colored dress is accented with purple trim and covered buttons. The Â¾ length skirt shows just enough ankle to be consider proper for the time. The suit fits to maintain the straight yet slightly curved torso of an Edwardian woman.
Women of all ages and body types look amazing in this style of suit dress. The tailored fit easily slims a naturally rounded body. For already slender women the jacket sash emphasizes the high waist keeping you narrow through the torso. You will look beautiful from any angle.
The best feature about this costume is the wide brimmed hat. It can be very expensive to purchase an oversized hat like this one and impossible to buy locally. The curved shape of the hat prevents obstructed vision. The detail in the matching trim and feather adds just enough simple elegance to take this dress from nice to amazing!
Complete the look with white lace gloves and white heeled shoes or boots.
This costume is available in size Small to Medium (women's 6-18). The lowest price I could find is $369.99 at Frank Bee Costumes. Frank Bee has been in business since 1957 and is very reputable company on and offline. Shipping may take a few extra days so be sure to order now.
History of Dresses from the Titanic Era
Edwardian dresses from 1900-1915
In terms of fashion, 1912 was part of the Art Nouveau, La Belle Ãpoque, or more commonly the Edwardian Era. Unlike the previous Victorian era with its early hoop skirts and later bustle gowns, the Edwardian fashion era shaped women to be slimmer and taller, with emphasis of the bust and head. Corsets elongated and flatted women's waits down through the thighs. Walking in them forced a slow almost hobble like gate.
Over-sized brimmed hats were the signature element of every outdoor outfit. Each hat was adorned with as much ribbon, feathers, lace, and jewels as a woman could afford. Adornments were as much of a status statement as they were a fashion statement.
Dresses were long and slender. Beaded or lace fabrics ended in a trail behind the woman. Waists were high with a sash just under the breast line, ornamented with jewels or silk flowers. Sleeves were usually long and gloves worn for every occasion.
The woman's "Suit" first appeared in this era. Although pants were not fashionable yet, the men's suit jacket re-made itself as a woman's suit dress. The suit dress top was a long jacket with a feminine neckline and buttons down the front, often angled across the body so that it accentuated the woman's figure. A matching skirt with ruffled or straight hem completed the dress suit. Rose's striped arrival dress was an Edwardian dress suit.
Rose's Dresses Worn in the Titanic Movie
This video beautifully shows all of the clothing Rose wore in the movie Titanic.
Titanic Lady Aristocrat Costume
Another version of Rose's arrival dress. The dress is sold without the hat so the price is more reasonable. It is also more accurate to the movie dress. Unlike the first arrival dress, this one has subtle pin striping in the jacquard fabric just as the original dress has. It is also gracefully draped down to the ankles for a historically accurate "hobble skirt" shape. The dress is form flattering on all body types.
The placement of the buttons on the dress is like the original. The upper collar is more simple, like a sailor top, yet it does not reduce the overall beauty of the dress. The velvet trim adds touches of elegance you would expect from a quality costume. You are sure to draw admiring looks with this gem of a dress.
Complete the costume with a wide brimmed hat (accent with purple, cream and black feathers or ribbon), short lace gloves, jewelry and black or white fashion boots.
This costume is available in size Small to Medium (women's 6-18). The price is $189.95 from Annies Costumes, another reputable costume shop with an unusually large collection of historical costumes. It is a custom order so allow a few weeks for delivery.
Titanic Walking Dress
On the boat, this dress suit would have been worn outside, on arrival day, departure day, or any afternoon strolling the deck with friends. It is commonly known as a walking or traveling suit. The skirt is long and straight cut with very subtle button detail. The jacket wraps around the body hiding any "imperfections" a woman's body may have. The jacket collar and sleeve cuffs are nicely detailed with contrasting fabric lapel and black braided trim.
Although this dress is not a reproduction of Rose's Titanic movies dress it is the most historically accurate of all the costumes here. It is also similar to a costume worn by Molly Brown. It is one of those designs that is so versatile it is impossible for any women to look bad in it. Everyone who sees you in this dress will believe you are an elegant 1st class passenger.
Costume included matching poly-cotton hat with plumes making it an excellent value at $369.99 from Frank bee Costumes. This costume is available in size small to large (women's 6-18).
Complete the look with a white lace blouse, black boots, and a black parasol.
Black and White Titanic Era Dress
This dress is very stunning with its bold back and white coloring. The dress is designed for the musical My Fair Lady that is set in 1912- the year Titanic Sank. This dress style would have been equally popular on the titanic. Wealthy first class women boarding the Titanic may have just come from a shopping trip in Paris. The dresses they choose would have been the latest fashion styles like this one.
Walking into your Titanic themed event with this dress will make a striking impression no one will forget. The long dress trails on the floor behind you attracting attention wherever you go. The matching over sized crepe satin hat and striped cummerbund are trimmed in black velvet giving the costume a look of sophisticated luxury.
This costume is available in size Small to Medium (women's 6-18). The price is $329.99 from Frank Bee Costumes.
Late Edwardian Titanic Dress
This gown would have become popular shortly after the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. It shows off the hobble skirt shape, center sash, and over-skirt layer that were the defining characteristics of Edwardian dress style. Complete the look with a stylish hat and you'll be ready to travel in style.
The sash tied as a bow in front is the only part of the dress that looks inaccurate to me. This can be remedied by tying the sash around to the back of the gown. The plainness of the dress makes it easy to customize. You don't have to worry about someone wearing the same dress if you add or change the sash and coordinate a matching hat or hair accessories. This flexibility makes it my favorite dress of the bunch.
You will be the height of sophistication in this costume.
This costume dress does not include the hat or shoes but is very reasonably priced at $129.99 from Frank Bee Costumes.
Turn of the Century Red Titanic Dress
This dress style would have been seen in the early to mid 1900s. Mature 1st class and 2nd class ladies would still be wearing this "post bustle area" dress. Puffed shoulder sleeves and pleated front waist sash were common items on Victorian era dresses. The bustle was removed and a lady's natural bottom became fashionable to show off.
Bright and bold colors like this red dresses were all the rage. Vibrant colors helped women feel like they could express themselves though fashion. This dress will certainly make you looks so good outside that it can't help but make you feel good inside too.
Costume included matching dress and hat for only $199.99 (a bargain if you ask me.) The dress is available in size small to large (women's 6-18).
Early 1900s Blue Titanic Day Dress
Just like the red dress above this blue turn of the century style gown is based on a post Victorian style. It would have been worn by a variety of women on the Titanic. It's low waist sash helps shape a woman's center torso. This extra shaping is especially flattering on endowed woman. Large chests and wide hips were very attractive in Victorian times. The Edwardian era still appreciated larger chests but straighten out the waist down through the hips for a leaner look.
The best feature of this costume is the hat. Layered in lace (which was very expensive at the time), the wide brimmed hat just screams classiness. Of all the dresses I found it is also the least expensive. Even the most frugal budget can accommodate a dress AND hat this nice.
Complete the outfit with black boots, gloves, and decorative jewelry line a broche. You can even up yourself in class and add a fur shawl. Dress and Hat sell for $89.99. Currently only size large is available. This item may discontinue soon. Buy now while you can.
Titanic Dresses selling on eBay.com
eBay.com is a great way to find custom dresses, costumes and accessories for your Titanic dress. Be sure to know your size measurements ahead of time and ask the seller any questions before bidding.
Make a Titanic Dress for under $20
With a little creativity you can piece together a Titanic Dress from thrift or vintage store items for $20 or less. This site shows you how.
- Laughing Moon Dress Pattern 1909-1913
Two dress patterns for afternoon and walking dresses.
- Links to Patterns
An excellent site with links to all the possible patterns to make any of Rose's dresses. Also sewing advice, fabric shopping, links to hats and jewelry, and more.
- Lavolta Press
Maker of fashion pattern books. High quality patterns from a range of eras.
- Dress Making Research
This site does not sell patterns but shows examples of authentic dress patterns by year. Very informative.
- Wingeo- PATTERNS FOR PERIOD COSTUMING & MILLINERY
1910 - 1915 Gown & Overdress, Skirt 1910 - 1915, 1910 - 1916 Hobble Skirt
Titanic Era Dress Patterns
If you can sew you can make your own Titanic dress. Here are links to some patterns you can purchase online.
Titanic Era Dress Patterns on Amazon
Hire a Titanic Dressmaker - Have a dressmaker make you a custom dress fit just for you
If you do not like the pre-made dress choices or have a particular style and color dress you want then you may want to hire a dressmaker. Be careful when hiring a local tailor or a friend. Sewing historical dresses is an art that is best left to those with experience. You can find many talented dress makers online at ebay or etsy.com or by doing a general internet search for "Custom Titanic Dress." Hiring help is probably your most expensive and time consuming option. A good dress maker will work with you to choose a pattern and material that suit your budget. They will also be able to do live fittings with you if you live nearby. The cost for a custom gown can range from $300-1000.
- Past and Present Creations
This dress maker has recreated all of the Titanic movie dresses Rose wore. She can make a replica for you or design a custom dress.
- Fashions in Time
Some pre-made Titanic / Edwardian Dresses and others you can custom order.
- Very Merry Seamstress
A few pre-made dresses for sale and options for custom dresses.
- Fantasyland Costume Company
1910 Evening Dress- Burgundy Red- re-make of Rose's jump gown. Also custom dresses can be made from just a drawing.
- Laveners Green
A talented designer with a full catalog of dresses ready to be made for you. Her Titanic tunic dress runs $261 and a Titanic Dinner dress is $357.
More Titanic Clothing
- Nataya Titanic Dresses
Nataya is a designer that makes vintage inspired modern dresses. Her Titanic collection is based on Edwardian lace garden dresses. Although these are not authentic reproductions you may find them suitable for your needs.
- Victorian Trading Co
A large collection of beautiful gowns from the Victorian era and beyond. Many dresses here would make excellent Titanic gowns. The Parisian Empire Gown is similar to Rose's Dinner gown.
- J. Petterman Titanic Dresses
Very high end recreations of Rose's Titanic dresses. Also Edwardian dresses available.
- History and Fashion of Womens Titanic Hats (Edwaridan Era) | The Vintage Dancer
The Edwardian fashion era is often remember by large over sized hats stacked with plums of feathers, bows, flowers, birds, lace and tulle. The bird nests,
Titanic Era Shoes
Learn about the history and style of Titanic Era shoes. See how to find Titanic style shoes in today's modern shoe market. If that's not good enough also get a quick guide on making your own Titanic style shoes.
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