The Biltmore is staging a large scale exhibition of costumes from the 1997 film "Titanic." It runs now through March 13. John Warner.
Photo: John Warner
Photo: John Warner

Large exhibition of ‘Titanic’ fashion on display at Biltmore

Last year was the 20th anniversary of the 1997 film “Titanic.” The film was rereleased at AMC theater for a week in honor of the anniversary. Now the Biltmore has launched the first large scale exhibition highlighting the fashion of the film.

“Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie,” features the costumes worn by Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and other actors.

The exhibition, staged throughout the Biltmore House, opens Feb. 9 and runs through May 13.

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Garments designed by Oscar-winning designer Deborah L. Scott reflect the wardrobes worn by transatlantic travelers of the era -- many of whom were contemporaries of Biltmore’s George and Edith Vanderbilt.

“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.”

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Costumes from the scene in which Jack, the fictional Titanic passenger played by DiCaprio joins first class passengers in the dining room are staged in the Banquet Hall at Biltmore where the Vanderbilts and their house guests dined in full evening dress for their evening meals.

Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio as the fictional Titanic passengers Rose and Jack from the 1997 film "Titanic." Image Courtesy of Biltmore.

On display in the Second Floor Living Hall are some gowns worn by  actors who portrayed actual guests on the Titanic such as the Astors and the Guggenheims. The highly detailed costumes also feature fans, jewelry and long gloves.

The exhibition also marks the debut of a new guided tour at the Biltmore. Created by the museum services team, the separately priced in-depth Glamour on Board Guided Tour offers more intimate details and insights on costume design, fashions, culture, the Vanderbilts, and the making of the film.

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Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.