February 9-May 13, 2018
The first large-scale exhibition of fashions from “Titanic,” the Oscar-winning film that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is coming to Biltmore in February 2018! Titled “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie”, see 45 costumes inside Biltmore House. The above dress worn by Kate Winslet in “Titanic” is on display now as a preview.
The exhibition represents the extensive wardrobes preferred by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s. Learn more about the Vanderbilts’ extensive travels while viewing these award-winning costumes. The blockbuster “Titanic” movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, winning a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design.
The costumes evoke the lifestyle of the era, when voyages on great ocean liners of the early 20th century offered luxury on ships known as “floating palaces.” First class passengers took every opportunity to see and be seen in the fashions of the time, including strolling the promenade deck and dining at elegant formal dinners.
Did you know George & Edith booked Titanic Cabins?
After spending the fall and winter of 1911 in Paris, the Vanderbilts decided to return home on the maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" Titanic. But George and Edith instead decided to sail on Titanic's sister ship Olympic a week earlier (departing April 3rd) when they learned friends and family would be on that ship. Since their plans changed at the last minute, their servants did not have time to pack six months worth of family belongings. So Footman Edwin Wheeler sailed with their remaining luggage on the Titanic a week later. He was one of the 1,516 people to perish.
Also see another special exhibit at the Biltmore Legacy building in Antler Hill Village! What was it like to be a Vanderbilt and live such an extraordinary life? After years of research, Biltmore answers the question with "The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad" with a fascinating look at the lives of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt. See rare objects from Biltmore's collection and new stories pulled from estate archives provide an exciting look into a bygone era.
Admission to “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie” is included in the general admission ticket price.
More details coming soon! See our Biltmore Estate Insider's Guide for more happenings at Biltmore.