The Glamour, Speed, and Style of the Ocean Liner

The Glamour, Speed, and Style of the Ocean Liner - Peabody Essex Museum

Explore the Romantic and Remarkable Ocean Liner at the Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style Exhibition

Peabody Essex Museum - Queen Elizabeth
The idea of climbing aboard a ship as the best form of travel across the ocean seems completely insane in today’s day and age, but there is something very intriguing and romantic about the age of ocean travel and the remarkable ocean liners that traveled the open seas from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.
Peabody Essex Museum - Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed & Style Exhibit
If you are at all as fascinated with ocean liners and the great age of ocean travel as we are, we highly recommend you find a way to visit Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style, an exhibition co-organized by the Peabody Essex Museum located outside Boston and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibit runs through October 9th at the PEM and then it will travel across the sea to the V&A where it will open on February 3, 2018.

Your finest luggage packed with your most glamorous attire you head to the New York city port to board a richly decorated ocean liner for a week-long journey across the Atlantic to Europe…
Peabody Essex Museum - Glamour, Speed & Style Exhibit - Midcentury Goyard luggage belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Glamour, Speed & Style Exhibit - Jenny of Paris, Emilie Grigsby evening dress, about 1926. Textile. Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of Mrs. Sanford S. Clark, 1971, 132655. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.
Marlene Dietrich wearing a day suit by Christian Dior onboard the Queen Mary, arriving in New York, 21 December 1950 © Getty Images - Peabody Essex Museum
Given the duration of such a transatlantic journey, the opulent interiors of the impressive vessels were designed to make travelers forget they were at sea and feel more as though they were at a grand hotel filled with luxury furniture and social sophistication.
Peabody Essex Museum - Ocean Liners - Glamour, Speed & Style Exhibit - G. B. Conti, “The Dining Saloon” from Rex – First Class, 1932. Printed brochure. Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Howard Galvin Steamship Ephemera Collection.
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Peabody Essex Museum - Ocean Liners - Glamour, Speed & Style Exhibit - Luxury furniture - upholstered accent chairs
Countries competed for the fastest and most beautiful ships, so much so that who could have the best design and technology became some what of a matter of national prestige, a global competition.
Peabody Essex Museum - Ocean Liners - Glamour, Speed & Style Exhibit - model
The exhibit explores how ocean liners helped shape the modern world and their extraordinary architecture, engineering and interior design. The world’s greatest vessels, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, are highlighted throughout the show. Comprised of items from international institutions and private collections, the exhibition brings together close to 200 works including paintings, sculpture, models, furniture, lighting, wall panels, textiles, fashion, photographs, posters and film.
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