It is the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic.
When I first started my online vintage clothing business, the latest buzzword was Titanic
, because of the blockbuster movie. Everyone wanted the look in authentic vintage clothing, and I can understand that—it’s splendid. The silhouette is straight and tall, the waist is raised, the embellishments are intricate and ornate. Orientalism was a modern trend, and actually, so was modernism. Here are items from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection dated from the time. Please see many more on my Pinterest board Fashions of 1912
|Vogue Cover - March 1912 by George Wolfe Plank (condenaststore.com)|
|Evening dress, 1910-14 Callot Soeurs|
|Detail of Callot Soeurs gown|
|Evening purse, 1910-20, unlabeled French|
|Evening dress, 1911-15, Jeanne Hallée|
|Hat, ca. 1912, “L.P. Hollander & Co/Fifth Ave. at 46th St/New York”|
|Evening coat, 1910-15, Liberty of London, Textile by Arthur Silver|
|Evening dress, 1911-13, Mrs. Osborn Company (American)|
The avant garde on the Titanic might have worn a design by Paul Poiret, the most modern of moderns, and the greatest proponent of Orientalism.
|Evening dress, 1912, Paul Poiret|
If you were yourself a designer, you might have worn your own creation, as surely did Lady Duff Gordon, professionally known as Lucile. She was a survivor of the Titanic.
|Evening dress, ca. 1912 Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon)|