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“You have to stay open to the moments of discovery, You have to keep your heart open to the magic…you can’t really get it until you’re there–in the set, in the moment, in costume.” James Cameron (1)

On this day in 1998, Titanic became the first film in history to gross an astounding $1 billion worldwide. Due to the historical content, groundbreaking special effects, brilliant dialogue, and breathtaking costumes, this epic film holds a gargantuan place in the hearts of many. In recent years, the film has even broken the $2 billion worldwide mark, just behind another James Cameron production, Avatar, which was the first to do so.

Although the entire cast had truly amazing wardrobes thanks to the talented Deborah L. Scott, there’s no wardrobe quite like Rose Dawson’s. From the moment Kate Winslet’s Rose tilts her enormous violet hat to take in the RMS Titanic, her poise, beauty, and style are undeniable. Next up is her red dress with its intricate black netting and beading, which we see in Rose’s climactic introduction to Jack. Perhaps the most famous of her looks, though, is that delicate lilac dress, which Miss. Dawson wears as the Titanic meets its demise.

No mention of the Titanic’s wardrobe is complete without a nod to the dazzling sapphire “Heart of The Ocean” necklace. But did you know that this bauble wasn’t entirely the product of Cameron’s imagination? (Start holding your breath.) “Though it seemed like a pretty piece of fiction…it turns out that there was a diamond and sapphire necklace on board that fatal night, given to a young girl, Kate Florence Phillips, 20, by her married paramour, Henry Samuel Morley, 40.”

Here’s to hoping that the real owner of the Heart of the Ocean had her very own lilac dress to match.

Sources 1, 2, 3, 4

Written by MaryKate Guidry, Marketing Intern at Stylitics.

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