Titanic Centennial

Ragtime Dance Weekend

featuring Richard Powers with Angela Amarillas

from the San Francisco Bay Area, California

Friday April 13 – Sunday April 15, 2012

Boulder, Colorado

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Download a pdf of Costume FAQs

1. Workshop Dress and Dance Hall Etiquette

2. Ball

a. First Class Passengers – Evening Costumes

b. Steerage Passengers – Day Costumes

c. Crew Costumes

3. Where to Get a Costume

4. Optional costumes: Friday Molly Brown House Tour, Friday Film Night, and Sunday Tea

1. Workshop Dress and Dance Hall Etiquette

Casual, comfortable clothing for the workshops. As a courtesy to your partners, please bring one or more dry shirts to change into if you perspire profusely.

Please wear clean, non-marking, soft-sole (leather, not rubber) non-street shoes to protect the beautiful floor. Recommend low heels or flats for women. You want shoes that will turn easily.

Prevent allergic reactions: Please leave strong perfumes and after-shaves at home. Sensitive noses will thank you!!

There will be plenty of room to hang your ball wear in the coat room on Saturday during the workshops.

2. Ball

Both ladies and gentlemen of the Ragtime era would have been unfamiliar with jeans, shorts, t-shirts, polo shirts, tennis shoes, and other 21st century garb.* Their comfort zone is described below, and we know you will be most comfortable recreating your outfit within these parameters Please note that this is a period costumed ball, and all attendees will be expected to participate in one of the many costume options offered. (Don't worry, our White Star Line Ladies Auxiliary Fashion Committee stands alert and ready to help you plan if needed!

*If you need to wear specific practical shoes due to challenging feet, please wear what will keep you comfortable!

Ball costume guidelines:

1) First Class Passengers: formal period wear 1910-1914

2) Steerage: period daywear 1910-1914

3) Crew: per the luxury lines of 1910-1914


a. Evening Costumes

eveningHow would a gentleman of the era dress for a formal ball?

Typically, gentlemen's formal evening dress was similar to modern formal wear, as it consisted of a black tailcoat or tuxedo jacket. See the following links for more ...

Men's Evening Dress: The Ragtime Era

Edwardian Titanic Mens Formal Suite


b. Day Costumes


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Edwardian Titanic Men's Clothing

Wikipedia: 1910's in Fashion


c. Crew Costumes

crewflagHistorical note: Hidden from view was a vast army of workers, whose job it was to keep the passengers fed and well looked after, and the ship cleaned, properly equipped, and efficiently powered. Chefs, bakers, butchers, scullions (kitchen workers), mailroom staff, barbers, engineers, firemen, stokers, trimmers (luggage loaders), and many others slaved away on the lower decks. Up on the public decks, stewards, pursers, waiters, and other uniformed crew tended to passengers' needs. In total, there were 898 crew members, including the captain and his senior officers, who were responsible for every aspect of life aboard the ships.



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3. Where to get a Costume

If your closet is missing replica clothing for this era, a great start would be to attend:

Mens' Vintage Clothing Swap/Sale

Sunday November 13, Avalon Ballroom, Boulder

Buyers, sellers, donors and swappers are  invited to the Mens' Vintage Clothing Swap!

Vintage/dressy dance wear doesn't have to be difficult, expensive or stuffy!
We aspire to assist gentlemen in their quest for that perfect outfit for an afternoon tea dance or a grand evening ball!

Evening wear, Day wear, Formal, Dressy, Costume, Vintage.
Tuxedos, Tail-coats, Top Hats, Bow Ties, White Gloves, Spats, Gloves.
Trousers, Dress Shirts, Studs, Cuff Links, Tie Clasps, Pocket Watches, Fobs.
Vests, Suspenders, Over-Coats, Bowlers, Fedoras, Skimmers, Derbys.
Dance Shoes, Collars, Scarves, Lapel Pins, Spectacles.

Need advice or have questions about your costuming? Contact Susan Reisser or Dorothy Vernon to sign up for a workshop or to get your questions answered.


4. Optional Period Costumes

– Molly Brown House Tour
– Other special events to be announced

Optional period costuming. Feel free to attend in modern clothing!

Molly Brown and her husband purchased their house in 1894, and the house is currently restored to 1910. With these general guidelines, if you want to sport your period wear for any of these events, we suggest 1890s through teens day wear.