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Northumberland’s Belsay features fashion aboard Titanic

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1912 fitting with the original Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

1912 fitting with the original Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

More of the fascinating story of RMS Titanic and the people on board will be revealed this weekend when visitors see inside the luggage-holds of ship.

Titanic exhibition in Northumberland

Travel back in time to April 1912 and see some of the amazing wardrobes of the ladies on board Titanic at English Heritage property Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland on May 12 and 13.

And available for viewing will be the creations brought on board by its most prestigious passengers and details about the life and legacy of one of its most famous survivors, fashion designer, Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon.

Presentations and displays will bring the evocative story of the Titanic back to life. Gain a brand new perspective through the world of fashion. At the same time, get an incredible and fascinating a glimpse into Edwardian Society, from the decadent first -class to the much more utilitarian and sometimes thread-bare third-class garments.Lucy Adlington from The History Wardrobe will tell the story of Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon. Duff-Gordon was a famous dress

Lucy Adlington from the History Wardrobe takes on the role of Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, a fashion designer on board Titanic

Lucy Adlington from the History Wardrobe takes on the role of Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, a fashion designer on board Titanic

designer known in society as ‘Lucile’. She travelled first-class on the Titanic with her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon. They survived the terrible disaster and both sailed away from the ill-fated ship aboard lifeboat one.

Lucy said: “The story of Lady Lucy is fascinating. Through her stores in London, New York, Paris and Chicago, Lucile was responsible for dressing some of the most prestigious members of society and her wealthy clientele included aristocracy, theatre stars and even royalty.

Belsay shows life aboard Titanic

“Lucile was most famous for her flamboyant lingerie, tea gowns and evening wear, and is widely credited with training the world’s first fashion models as well as staging the first ‘catwalk’ style shows – elaborate and theatrical, invitation-only affairs. She was very much at the cutting edge of fashion for this period in time and visitors to the event will enjoy a fresh glimpse of life of board the Titanic and in Edwardian society as a whole.”

The display will showcase a variety of historical costumes, documents and survivor testimonies, offering a unique glimpse into life aboard the Titanic. It is hosted in the beautiful setting of Belsay Hall, near Morpeth in Northumberland.

Belsay is now open daily from 10am – 5pm.  Find out more here:  www.english-heritage.org.uk/belsayhall.

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