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Titanic Style: Dress and Fashion on the Voyage [Hardcover]

Grace Evans

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Book Description

Nov. 13 2012
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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Reprint edition (Nov. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620871998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620871997
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #457,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed Jan. 28 2014
By Park - Published on Amazon.com
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Some interesting stories about the Titanic passengers, such as how a fashionably attired apprentice dressmaker was mistaken for a first class passenger upon rescue and provided a cabin on the Carpathia before being booted out when her steerage status was discovered! But I was too disappointed in the selection of illustrations to give more stars. I was surprised there weren't photos of actual passengers, besides Lucile, to display their attire and that 10 and 20 year old gowns were prominently featured.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Pictorial Fashion Book Jan. 10 2014
By Barsinister - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a book filled with photos or illustrations of the fashions of the Titanic era you will not find them in this book. There are a few photos of existing garments but not very many, the information is presented in text rather than visually.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference June 19 2014
By dlc - Published on Amazon.com
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If you costume, this is a good reference for the 1915 fashions. If you're looking for a Downton Abbey fashion, this would be a good reference. A bit short on detail, but a good starting point.
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more fashion sketches / pictures March 18 2014
By Kimberly Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought the book was ok but I felt it had more text than it did fashion sketches and real life pictures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book Jan. 11 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for my daughter-in-law who is a costumer. She was delighted with it. I may have to order one for myself as it is such fun taking a peek back into history.

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