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Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie
February 9 – May 13, 2018
The stylish fashions and luxurious travels of the Vanderbilts launch at Biltmore with a stunning new exhibition, Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie. Dazzling costumes from the iconic film—representing the extensive wardrobes required by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s—will be displayed in the grand rooms of Biltmore House. This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from Titanic, which won a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design.
More than 45 film costumes evoke the lifestyle of the era, when voyages on the great ocean liners of the early 20th century offered high society and luxury on ships known as “Floating Palaces.” First class passengers took every opportunity to see and be seen in the finest fashions of the time, from strolling the promenade deck to attending elegant formal dinners. And, just like in Titanic, the days at sea fostered friendships and romances, including Vanderbilt’s courtship of Edith Stuyvesant Dresser.
Learn more about the Vanderbilts’ extensive travels while marveling at the exquisite detail meticulously recreated for these award-winning fashions.
Theater, Festivals and more!
For lovers of theater, there are several companies to choose from in Asheville. One is the highly respected North Carolina Stage Company, a relative newcomer to the city’s vibrant theatrical arts scene. Newer still is the Altamont Theatre Company, a black-box musical theatre downtown.
Flat Rock Playhouse was designated The State Theatre of North Carolina in 1961. The state’s longest running Shakespeare festival is operated by the Montford Park Players, who stage the Bard’s plays all summer, for free, in Montford Park in downtown Asheville. Asheville Community Theatre keeps a busy performance schedule all year long.
If festivals are more your fashion, the Dry Ridge Inn is a delightful place to decamp from.
It’s a quick zip to Black Mountain, where for nearly two decades the Lake Eden Arts Festival (pictured) has been attracting people who love its spirited celebration of music, dancing, healing modalities and regional and world folk arts.
Asheville’s annual Greek Festival ushers in fall with heaping platters of pastichio ( a steaming baked casserole of ground beef and macaroni). The HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival in October serves up tall corned beef sandwiches on rye, as well as delicious potato knishes and latkes.
Beer-lovers won’t want to miss the Beer City Festival in June or Brewgrass in June, one of the largest beer and music festivals in the region. Both feature the best of craft beer made by the many breweries in – and outside of – the area.
If you still have any energy after all of that, don’t forget the Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville, a weekend in May full of culture, athletics, music, food, drink and more.
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