Making an entrance – ocean liner style

Produced as part of Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

Ran from 3 February 2018 to 17 June 2018

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The 'grande descente', or grand staircase, was a classic design feature of the 20th-century ocean liner. For many passengers the highlight of each day at sea was the theatrical descent from the upper decks into the dining room, where they could see and be seen in their most elegant eveningwear.

Find out how we recreated the experience of the 'grande descente', complete with three glamorous fashion ensembles – typical of those worn onboard in the 1920s, for the exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style (3 February – 17 June 2018).