Just when I thought every possible Titanic angle has been covered, something unexpected pops up. Now we can learn about how fashion played a role in the daily lives of many aboard Titanic thanks to a new book by Grace Evans. Titanic Style: Dress and Fashion on the Voyage takes a fashion snapshot of Titanic’s passengers.
Titanic Style leads us 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 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 the children were dressed to enhance their social standing.
Okay but I doubt anyone has missed this simple fact: rich people wear more expensive clothes, poor people wear more simple and less costly clothes. The rich back then traveled with trunks and servants, the average person carried their bags (and had no servants). The rich would have several clothing options for dinner, the average just one or two (with formal clothes for special events like religious services). Just wonder whether this book really adds more to what we know about Titanic or just takes us on a stroll down an interesting lane.
Source: Broadway World, Understanding the Titanic Through Fashion, 19 Nov 2012