Without a doubt all the costumes in Titanic are all lovely. From all the extra to all the leads. Every single one of young Rose’s costumes are beautiful and memorable but which ones stand out above the rest in terms of how memorable they are? How beautiful? And how well they reflect Rose as character?
This page looks at the Top Five Best Costumes that Rose wears in Titanic. Why Top Five? Well Rose is only shown wearing thirteen costumes in the movie so a top ten list would only knock off few, not much a of challenge but also these costumes include costumes she is only seen in very briefly. A Top Seven was considered but the two of her costumes that would have been on that list were pretty similar and again she wore one very briefly. So it’s a Top Five list Enjoy
Costumes were Designed by Deborah L Scott.
Rose Dewitt Bukater was played by Kate Winslet
About the Designer
The costumes were designed by Deborah Lynn Scott. She won an Academy Awards for her designs on Titanic. She also designed costumes for Transformers, Avatar, The Amazing Spider-man and Legends of the Fall.
For Titanic, Scott did a lot research about the period from historical documents and photographs. She went to museums. She interviewed members of the Titanic Historical Society. She even heavily reached the White Star and other ship companies.
For Rose’s costumes, Scott said in the Titanic movie companion book that since Rose just had a grand tour of Europe all her costumes all had to be at the height of Edwardian fashion and glamour.
Scott said that dressing the third class actors of more fun as the first class costumes have so many components.
Titanic Movie Companion Book
The Swim Dress
There is no question that Rose wears this dress for the longest period in the movie as she wears for the whole whole of sinking of the Titanic.
The dress itself is soft, feminine and very ethereal. It’s layers of light lavender chiffon. It has an empire waist and has short sleeves with a touch of lace at the neckline. This type of dress would have probably wore for summer social events. In the movie Rose pretty much throws it after the drawing scene.
This dress has a lot of character development in addition to being merely pretty, it showcases Rose's liberation from being a society girl to being a liberated woman both psychically and mentally. This psychical liberation is indicated by the fact that she isn’t wearing a corset with this dress.
This dress also had another very important mission in addition to showcasing Rose, it had to look good wet, not an easy feat.
It's a shame that this dress was eclipsed by the sinking of Titanic and it was mostly covered by not one but by two coats, her pink one and the one Cal gave her which has the Heat of the Ocean in the pocket. As well as a blanket and a life belt. So the Swim dress disappears after a while.
The Boarding Suit
The first time we see Young Rose is when she steps out a car and looks up at Titanic. Rose is blasé about the grandness of the ship.
This costume in its entirety is a show-stopper. The wide straw hat is majestic. It a purple hat with a large purple striped ribbon at the front. The suit itself is mostly white with purple velvets accents on the label, at the waist and the cuffs.
The strips go in different directions pending on the panel. The front panel on the jacket has them aligned on the horizontal while the side panels and sleeve has the strips on the vertical angle. The skirt has an a warp-like overlay which has the going vertical but if you under the jacket, the skirt has a panel that goes horizontal. There is also a panel that this is under the overlay at the bottom that has the stripes positioned horizontal. There as black fabric buttons on the jacket and skirt with two strips buttons on the waist.
The contrasting strips adds a lot of visual interest and it is slimming but with the strips and the pops of purple it also speaks to Rose’s bright and almost spirited personality that she must conceal from people in her social class.
The whole look very glamorous.
The Flying Dress
This costume is worn during the famous bow kiss scene and in a few scenes prior to that, like when Rose learns about the number of life boats. It is affectionally called the Flying Dress, as Rose remarks that she is Flying while she is standing on the bow with Jack.
The costume consists of a white lace bodice, a satin and velvet jacket and a matching satin satin skirt. On the jacket there are panels which have floral print. The combination of blue satin against the dark blue velvet makes the satin pop. She wears it with this costume a green shawl, white gloves, a simple gold necklace, and her iconic green dragonfly hair pin.
This costume has a prim yet dreamlike quality. It was the perfect costume for Rose to wear when she chooses Jack over her rich society life and was the ideal costume for the bow kiss scene, one of the moment iconic scenes in cinema.
The Dinner Dress
As a reward for saving Rose's life, Jack gets to dine with the first class people. Rose wears this costumes through the memorable steerage dance scene.
To the dinner, Rose wears a gown that is composed on two layers. The bottom layer is a coral satin. The top layer is a black beaded chiffon that is in tiers. The neckline is square and the sleeves are short and are made from the black chiffon material. She completes the look with white opera gloves, a gold necklace with a circle pendant with matching earrings and white thread-like hair accessory with crystal beads.
With the vibrate under layer poking through the black chiffon which conforms to her, we can see that this another costume that showcases Rose’s true free-spirited personality is being hidden by the polite rich girl persona that has been forced on her.
However this gown is stunning. It was the basis for Rose’s Heaven dress that she wears a the end of the movie but you only see that costume ever so briefly.
The Dinner dress is my favorite of her costumes.
The Jump Dress
The Jump Dress is the most popular costume that Rose wears throughout the movie and it no wonder has it very gorgeous. Stunning even.
Rose first wears this to a seemingly normal dinner but it's there where she reached the breaking point with regards to where her life is heading. She then wears this gown when she attempts to kill herself and is saved by Jack. In a deleted scene she wears the dress when she trashes her room right before she climbs over the back of the Titanic, which is why her hair is down and necklace and gloves are off.
The gown is red. It hard to say what the fabric is but it looks like it could a silk. It has a black chiffon overlay that extends into a train. The gown is heavily beaded on the bodice with dangling bead on the waist and on the the lower part of the skirt in circles. The beads are black and silver. The sleeves are short like her dinner gown, which was the style at the time. There are black gloves and green and silver jewelry wore with it. I think the green earring are so lovely.
This dress isn’t Rose concealing her true self but trying to combine it with her rich girl persona which ultimately does not work as she feels trapped in her life. The two can’t work together. It may not work with Rose’s character but it works beautifully in this gown.
In addition to be a beautiful costume, it the costume wore when Jack and Rose first meet.
The Jump Dress was the most recreated costume of Rose.
Titanic the Movie
Which costume from Titanic is your most favorite?
Hildy Gloom on October 27, 2015:
the dinner dress has always been my favorite!