My birthday is April 15th and the more I study history, the more I find interesting facts for this day.
April 15, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, so I thought a little history around wedding attire would be appropriate, as many weddings are performed aboard cruise ships. It has been reported there were 20 newly wed or honeymooners on the Titanic that maiden voyage. [Interesting facts at the bottom of this post.] For the fashionista’s read on…..
Whilst the yoked dress of the bride may seem to belong to a date nearer 1900-1905, her veil shown on the right is in fashion in 1912/13. In fact this mob cap style of bridal head dress stayed popular for some 20 years.
The dresses of the bridesmaids are empire in line and the skirts have some width, but much less flow or trailing fabric of earlier Edwardian hemlines.
The tiered effect and the layered sleeve styles also pay homage to dresses at the beginning of the Titanic fashion era. The pink dress, on the left, of 1910 has a very similar pinafore bodice layered neckline to the bodice the bridesmaids wear.
The other most important significant factor is the style of hats. The hats in this photo are on the wider side and quite firmly late Edwardian hat styles, like this hat on McCall’s magazine cover of 1910.
Here are some Titanic facts that may be of interest:
- The Titanic was never christened.
- Ethel and Edward Bean were the only “newly wed couple” who survived. The Beanes did not leave the Titanic together. Some accounts say that neither knew the other had survived until they re-united on a lifeboat.
- Although most passengers had to share bathrooms (only the two promenade suites in first class had private bathrooms), third class had it rough with only two bathtubs for more than 700 passengers.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Laroche were the only Black Family aboard the Titanic, and they were in Second Class. Joseph did not survive the sinking, however his wife and two daughters were saved in lifeboat #10.
- 12 dogs were on board and only 3 survived, two being Pomeranians.
- Robert W. Daniel, a Banker, and fellow survivor Mrs. Lucien P. Smith, met in a rescue lifeboat. Mrs. Smith’s husband perished during the disaster. The two were married in 1914 in New York City.
- The Titanic ship had 20 life boats. There were to be 32 lifeboats, but the owners cut 12 to improve the aesthetic appearance before leaving port.
- One week before the tragic voyage, George W. Vanderbilt III canceled plans for his family to sail on the passenger liner.
- Honeymooners, Daniel and Mary Marvin were returning to New York City. Mrs Marvin was rescued in lifeboat #10 but Daniel Marvin died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. 6 months later, on October 21, 1912, Mary gave birth to a baby girl, the posthumous daughter of Daniel Warner Marvin. Daniel was a motorcycle rider with a touring group.
- 705 passengers (a few more or less according to different sources) survived the sinking of the Titanic.
- At 11.40. p.m., on Sunday 14 April 1912 Titanic struck an iceberg and sank at 2.40. a.m. 1912 on Monday April 15 1912.
- The Titanic wreck was found 73 years later in 1985 south-east of Newfoundland, Canada. It was 12,000 feet down on the seabed.
- Last Survivor Of Titanic, Millvina Dean, died 31 May 2009. She was only 2 months old on that fateful day. Her brother, Bertram, died, aged 81, on 14 April 1992, 80 years to the day after the Titanic struck the iceberg.