The Outfits of ‘Titanic’ (1997)

Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Titanic’ (1997)

Following the great response to my piece The Dresses of Titanic, I have decided to look at the various other outfits and items that Rose (Kate Winslet) wears in Titanic.

The character of Rose always looks amazingly glamorous during the three-hour long film, showcasing early 20th Century fashion among rich, upper-class females.

As the clothing below contains a mixture of items, they won’t be ranked in my personal order of least to most favourite, but rather in the order which they appear in the film.

Purple Hat

A stunning aspect of the outfit from when we first meet young Rose. We see this hat before her face; a fabulous screen entrance.

Nightgown (One)

Very frilly for a nightgown. Almost seems as if it would be uncomfortable to wear in bed!

Heart Necklace

The Heart of the Ocean; one of the most famous items in the film, which links Rose on the Titanic to Rose in the present day. Based on the famous Hope Diamond.

Butterfly Hair Comb

Another famous item from the film, which we see Rose wear alongside her daytime outfits. A simple but effective accessory.

Nightgown (Two)

A nightgown which contains more coverage, and allows Rose to sit with her fiancé and amongst their staff without exposing too much for 1912 society!

Corset

A long corset, as was fashionable during the time. In the original script, it was going to be Rose (Kate Winslet) lacing up the corset of her mother Ruth (Frances Fisher).

Robe

One of the darker items of clothing which Rose wears. The long, kimono robe is worn before Jack draws Rose.

Pink Coat

The pink coat doesn’t appear for long on screen, but it certainly does make an impression. It perfectly matches the dress it is worn with, and was designed to be larger than Kate Winslet’s frame, to aid in making her appear trapped as the sinking begins.

All images courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.

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11 Responses to The Outfits of ‘Titanic’ (1997)

  1. Pingback: The Dresses of ‘Titanic’ (1997) | Writing Suzanne

  2. cconifer says:

    it would be nice to hear more about the clothes’ design…. were they based on actual fashions and/or are they museum pieces themselves…. i agree with you that her costumes are stunning in this picture~!!!

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    • I believe they were designed to look how rich, young women in the early 20th Century would dress, and in particular those in first class traveling on the Titanic.
      Also they designed their look to match the personality and youth of Rose (Kate Winslet) in the film!

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    • Sami says:

      Rose was said to have been returning home from a trip to Paris, where she had gone on a shopping spree; all of her clothes were THE latest Paris fashions. I don’t know about all of the gowns but a few of them had interesting backgrounds;
      The boarding suit was based on a suit from that era, one that looks almost exactly like it, you can find pictures of it on google.
      The flying dress was originally owned by the governor’s wife (i forget which governor lol) and was purchased from a shop owner of vintage clothes, i think. The original was actually black instead of blue, too.
      The Jump dress was somehow inspired by the black beaded medalians on the skirt layers; Deborah started with that and used it in the design.

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  4. Jess says:

    Wow I never really thought about how the clothes aided the story of Titanic! I will have to watch it again and pay closer attention to the outfits…

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