Thursday, March 29, 2012

Edwardian & Titanic Fashion


Titanic was a grand ship, with grand passengers and when it came to dressing on the Titanic, most of the first-class passengers pulled out all the stops.  In fact Lady Cynthia Asquith once said "It must be admitted that a very large fraction of our time was spent in dressing and undressing.  We were forever changing our clothes, a custom that necessitated traveling with a mountain of luggage." {via}

Most of the first-class passengers did not travel lightly.  Many of the American women on board the Titanic were even bringing the latest fashions from Paris home to the United States.

The first-class passengers dressed for breakfast, Men wore their blue blazers or light tweed or flannel suts with matching vests, the women in pale-colored light wool skirts, sometimes with a matching jacket, and a high-necked white blouse made of fine lawn cotton. 
After breakfast the first-class passengers would attend church, if time permitted ladies would change their dresses, or some would just return to their staterooms and get their hats and gloves.  After church ladies would change into the afternoon dresses or walking dresses. 


Over-sized brimmed hats were the signature element of every outdoor outfit.  Each hat was adorned with as much ribbon, feathers, lace, and jewels as a woman could afford. Adornments were as much of a status statement as they were a fashion statement.
 

For afternoon tea, ladies would wear hats and dress in their tea-gowns. Soft silks and satins and penne and chiffon velvets were principally used for the afternoon tea gown. It was a soft flowing robe often free of corsetry. Such loose gowns afforded women great comfort, ease of access and a tremendous sense of femininity.  


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At 6pm  bugle called the first-class passengers to dress for dinner.  



Gentlemen’s ‘White Tie’ formal wear consisted of a black tailcoat jacket and pants, white waistcoat, silk top hat, and white  bow tie. Unlike modern suits the wool fabric was very thick and heavy. This kept the shape very stiff and fitted meeting social requirements for pomp sophistication. The cut of the tailcoat was very fitted to the body, emphasizing  a waist line at jackets edge. Special undergarments helped shape a man’s belly much like corsets did for women. The jacket featured pointed collars instead of shawl collars like in the previous decade. The edge of the jacket bottom pointed downward a bit rather then straight across. Although the jacket never buttoned close there were three buttons placed on each side of the jacket opening. {via}


Edwardian fashion era shaped women to be slimmer and taller, with emphasis of the bust and head. Corsets elongated and flatted women's waits down through the thighs. Walking in them forced a slow almost hobble like gate.

Dresses were long and slender. Beaded or lace fabrics ended in a trail behind the woman. Waists were high with a sash just under the breast line, ornamented with jewels or silk flowers. Sleeves were usually long and gloves worn for every occasion.



"It was a brilliant crowd.  Jewels flashed from the gowns of the women.  And, oh, the dear women, how fondly they wore their latest Parisian gowns!  It was the first time that most of them had and opportunity to display their newly acquired finery." - Mrs. Jacques Futrelle {via}



 Click here for information on joining us to 
celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this Titanic!

701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 
Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596

Thursday, March 22, 2012

RMS Titanic Passenger Stories

The Titanic was magnificent, so much so that we
 tend to speak more about the ship than 
the passengers aboard it.  

Join us at the Vrooman Mansion to celebrate not only the 100th Anniversary of the voyage but of the passengers aboard the Titanic.  The Tea Ladies will present a 
wonderful program enlightening us about 
the passengers,  during  
on April 14th and April 15th. 

First Class Passengers
Titanic first class was the aristocracy such as the Countess of Rothes, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and wealthy established families such as the Wideners, the Speddens, the Astors and Benjamin Guggenheim. What they paid for their passage depended on the size of suite or cabin in which they traveled.  Some chose to book suites which contained private dining and living areas as well as bedrooms for themselves and their maids and valets. Prices range from about £260 to £60.{via}


"The Unsinkable " Molly Brown, wife of a Colorado silver mine entrepreneur, and John Jacob Astor. Molly Brown became famous in her own right for being the only woman to have rowed a lifeboat to safety.


John Jacob Astor IV was said to be the richest passenger aboard the Titanic.  His wife, Madeleine Force, whom he also traveled with, was pregnant on the ship's maiden voyage and would later give birth in 1912 to John Jacob Astor VI. Astor and his wife also brought their dog Kitty on the journey. Astor was an inventor, builder of the Astoria (later Waldorf-Astoria) Hotel, and author of a sci-fi novel set in the year 2000.
 
Second Class Passengers
In second class were those who had achieved success and money through work, people in trades such a miners, teachers and clerks.  Fares ranged from £13 to £79. {via}  Second Class passengers Edward Bean and Ethel Bean were married only days before Titanic's maiden voyage.  Beane moved to New York where he worked as a a bricklayer. He had returned to his home town of Norwich to get married to Ethel Clarke. {via}


Third Class Passengers
Third class tended to be families emigrating to the United States from Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and England.  In many cases they had sold all they had to afford the passage on Titanic and to allow them a little savings to get started in America.  Initially, many were going to stay with relatives who had already gone out and established themselves in cities like Philadelphia and Chicago.  Within third class there were different standards of accommodation.  The average price for a ticket was around £7 although many were traveling on family tickets costing from £25 to £40.{via}
  
Mrs. Dean holding Milvinia and her son

One of the most famous Third Class Passenger was Millvina Dean.  Millvina was the longest surviving passenger from the Titanic. She was only two months old when her parents decided to leave England and immigrate to Witchita, Kansas.   The Deans were not supposed to be aboard the Titanic, but owing to a coal strike, they were transferred to the ship and boarded it as third-class passengers at Southampton. {via}  

Millvina & her brother
In December 2008, at the age of 96, Dean was forced to sell several of her family's possessions to pay for her private medical care following a broken hip. These possessions included a letter sent to her mother from the Titanic Relief Fund, and a suitcase given to her and her mother in New York following the ship's sinking. Their sale raised approximately £32,000. Millvina lived to be 97 years old and died in May of 2009.{via}


 Make sure to join us to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this magnificent ship!

701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 
Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596

Friday, March 16, 2012

Carriage House- Soft Opening


This weekend marks the soft opening of the  
new addition to the Vrooman Mansion
The carriage house was aquired by the owners in 2006.  
Since that time the Vrooman Mansion has turned this once carriage house 
into two beautiful suites fit for a queen (or even Julia herself)!

Stayed tuned to our website for information on the 
Grand Opening of the Carriage House!
 

 The main staircase was salvaged from another
property in Bloomington on Main street.  

Charlevoix Suite
This suite was named after the town where 
Julia Scott had her summer home in Charlevoix, MI


This suite includes a beautifully restored canopy bed and the 
attached bathroom includes a late 1800's claw foot copper lined tub as well 
as a walk-in shower with multiple shower heads including a rain shower head.


Fern Suite
This suite was named for Julia Scott.  One of her favorite hobbies 
was to import fern plants from England to decorate the mansion.

This suite includes a French hand painted bed.
The attached bathroom also includes a 
rain shower head and a hand painted sink,
part of Kohler's Artist Editions series


Make sure to reserve your tickets to help us celebrate 
the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic! 
For more information on our  
Dinner on the Titanic and Tea on the Titanic
Click here or visit us on Facebook.


701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 
Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596

Friday, March 9, 2012

RMS Titanic


To celebrate the maiden voyage of the Titanic, 
the Vrooman Mansion will be hosting 
Dinner on the Titanic & Tea on the Titanic on 
April 14th & April 15th.  
For more information about purchasing tickets for this event see our previous blog post or visit us on Facebook.

Titanic Facts
The Length was 882 feet 6 inches
The Height was 175 feet from keel to stack
The Weight was 46,328 Registered Tons
 The Decks were 9 in total, A through G with the boilers below
There was an Indoor squash court on F Deck
The Bridge Deck extended 550 feet,
the complete length of the superstructure


The Grand Staircase was 60 feet from the lower landing to the glass skyline
 The Reading Room  looked out on to the Promenade Deck
First Class Accommodations included 39 private suites
The Suites included bedrooms with private toilet facilities
 All had up to five different rooms: 2 bedrooms, 2 wardrobe 
rooms and a bathroom

Make sure to join us to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this magnificent ship!


701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 
Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596

Friday, March 2, 2012

100th Anniversary Celebrating the Titanic- Dinner and Tea





Dinner on the Titanic- 100th Anniversary
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The Vrooman Mansion presents an unforgettable
evening with  Lancaster’s and The TeaLadies

Join us for a program and a 9 course R.M.S. Titanic 1st Class meal catered by Lancaster’s.

Saturday, 14th April, 2012
& Sunday, 15th April, 2012
All aboard!
The Captain’s cocktail reception will begin at 5:30pm. Featuring live music,
hors d’ oeuvres will be served and cocktails will be available for purchase.

We will embark on the most fascinating voyage of an era with The Tea Ladies.
Guests will participate in the re-telling of the White Star Line’s R.M.S. Titanic’s maiden voyage.

We will continue the evening with an elegant and exquisite dining experience, paired with fine wines. 
 Lancaster’s has created an authentic 9 course R.M.S. Titanic 1st Class dinner.

Edwardian Dress is encouraged but not required. 
You will be gifted a 4x6 professional photograph 
of you and your party by Warmowski Photography (one photograph per party)

Click the menu to enlarge it.

For more information or to reserve your tickets please contact the
Vrooman Mansion at 309.828.8816  
by Wednesday, 4th April, 2012.  Tickets available for $99 per person.
Reserve tickets early, seating is limited.

Tea on the Titanic- 100th Anniversary

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Saturday, 14th April, 2012
& Sunday, 15th April, 2012

The Vrooman Mansion presents an unforgettable afternoon tea with The Tea Ladies

Join us for a program and a three course afternoon tea.

All aboard!
The Afternoon Tea will begin at 1:00pm and will feature delectable tea sandwiches, savories, scones and desserts as well as a number of flavorful teas.

We will embark on the most fascinating voyage of an era with The Tea Ladies. Guests will participate in the re-telling of the White Star Line’s R.M.S. Titanic’s maiden voyage.

Edwardian Dress is encouraged but not required or wear your favorite tea party hat. You and your party will have the opportunity to get your picture taken by a professional photographer from Warmowski Photography.  
A 4x6 professional photograph will be available for purchase.


For more information or to reserve your tickets please contact
Nancy with The Tea Ladies at 309.827.2200  
by Wednesday, 4th April, 2012.  Tickets available for $28 per person.
Reserve tickets early, seating is limited.



Our Titanic Tea was mentioned in this March/April edition of Tea Time Magazine




701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 
Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596