Kate Winslet’s Titanic wardrobe is alive and well on the catwalk.
Meticulously crafted, the period ensembles in the 1997 cinematic epic won an Oscar for costume design. It’s difficult to watch the movie without marveling at the outfits worn by heroine Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet. Better yet, all the elements of her costumes can be found on the recent runways. That means you have everything you need to channel Titanic in time for its 20th anniversary this December 19.
True to Titanic’s late-Victorian era setting, all of Kate’s ensembles are notable for their exquisite materials and elaborate tailoring. Each one is memorable, including the long pinstripe coat she wears at the beginning of the saga. Featuring contrast buttons and statement lapels, the monochrome combo was topped off by a decorative, wide-brimmed hat.
Remarkably similar blazers popped up in the Spring 2018 collections of Fausto Puglisi and Ermanno Scervino. A tied bodice and tiered skirt from Rodarte’s Haute Couture line offered a more risqué design which nonetheless does a good job of evoking Rose DeWitt in all her glory.
Defined by a belted waist and decorative embroidery, the buttercream confection that Rose wears on the sunny upper deck is another sartorial highlight. For comparatively gorgeous dresses, look to Simone Rocha and Dennis Basso’s Spring 2018 lines. Ruffles, demure sleeves, and ultra fine fabrics all add authentic, vintage touches to these options.
With a sheer overlay and a tiered skirt, Rose’s black and scarlet evening gown is a particular masterpiece. Mesmerizing trains and glitter recreate the effect in Giambattista Valli and Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2018 shows, alongside capped sleeves and square necklines, like those created by Dolce & Gabbana.
Of course, the most famous fashion article from Titanic is the blue diamond necklace known as “The Heart of the Ocean.” Similar gemstone pendants gleamed on Guo Pei’s Fall 2017 Haute Couture catwalk and as part of Saint Laurent’s Spring 2018 collection. Remarkably similar necklaces were even worn backward during New York Fashion Week, dangling chicly down between models’ shoulder blades. — jas