Exhibit: Fashions from “Titanic” Coming to Biltmore Estate

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Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic.” (C)1997 Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

“Titanic” recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and the period film remains King of the World when it comes to gorgeous fashions!

An upcoming exhibition entitled Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie  will celebrate some of the beautiful outfits and accessories worn by actors Leonardo DiCaprioKate Winslet, and many others from the film’s large cast.

Staged throughout the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House, in Asheville, North Carolina, the exhibition opens Feb. 9 and runs through May 13, 2018, visitors will get an up close and personal view of these costumes, offering examples of the luxurious wardrobes favored by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s.

An outfit worn by Kate Winslet in “Titanic” will be on display in Biltmore House as a preview of the upcoming exhibit, “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie.”

This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from Titanic, which won a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design. Showcasing the work of Oscar-winning designer Deborah L. Scott, the garments evoke an era when voyages on the great ocean liners of the early 20th century offered high society and luxury on ships known as “floating palaces.” First class passengers took every opportunity to see and be seen in the finest fashions of the time. And, just like Jack and Rose, the fictional couple at the heart of Titanic, the days at sea fostered friendships and romances, including Vanderbilt’s courtship of Edith Stuyvesant Dresser.

“We are all fascinated with Titanic, and this moment in history,” said Leslie Klingner, Biltmore’s curator of interpretation. “It’s intriguing to think about what was happening in the daily lives of the Vanderbilts, and how closely that connected to what the filmmakers showed onscreen.” For example, the formal dinner scene in which Jack joins the first class passengers takes place in the ship’s dining room. Costumes from that scene are set in the Banquet Hall where the Vanderbilts and their house guests dined in full evening dress for their evening meals.

Staged throughout Biltmore House, the exhibition opens Feb. 9 and runs through May 13, 2018. For information, click here

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