On this day 103 years ago, one of the most famous ships of all time struck an iceberg on it’s way to New York City from Southampton. It sank to the bottom of the ocean 2 hours and 40 minutes later.
But you knew that already. We all know the story, or the fictional parts of the story thanks to film-maker James Cameron and his enormously popular 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The story of a third class Titanic passenger falling in love with a soon to be married first class beauty.
We get a glimpse of the luxury and opulence the first class passengers enjoyed in the film, but it doesn’t come close to what it must have been like in real life. The passenger list included; millionaire John Jacob Astor IV, Macy’s owner Isidor Straus, businessman Benjamin Guggenheim & silent film star Dorothy Gibson, amongst others.
Here at Télio, we’re fascinated by clothes from that period and spent quite a bit of time speculating about all the amazing dresses that ended up at the bottom of the sea. The fabulous textiles, the luxurious fabrics and embellishments.
We were all momentarily jealous of the fun costume designer Deborah Lynn Scott must have had working on Titanic.
Our excitement was short-lived however, when someone pointed out that thousands of people lost their lives that fateful night. Our thoughts are with them on this day.