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TITANIC STAR: THEN AND NOW

"It's been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh paint. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams, and it was. It really was.” - Rose DeWitt Butaker.

It hasn’t been 84 years, but 15 years has passed since the first film release of Titanic and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, the story of Titanic is retold again in 3D from the 6th April in cinemas nationwide.

The film saw the launch of high-profile Hollywood careers for Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio and according to the actress, 36 seems to be the new 21 in an interview on ITV’s Daybreak: “We do look very different, we’re older. Leo’s 37, I’m 36 – we were 21 and 22 when we made that film. You know, he’s fatter now - I’m thinner.” Age was not the only thing that worked in her favour; a comparison of the 1997 and 2012 film premiere gowns shows the starlet has transformed from a dishevelled mermaid to the epitome of glamour.

Wearing a floor length Jenny Packham design complete with Swarovski crystal cap sleeves and waist detailing, Winslet has certainly come a long way from the fresh-faced star in 1997 at her second take as the leading lady at the premieres. Loose red waves were brushed into an elegant up-do, the bulky pendant necklace was swapped with diamond earrings and the Alexander McQueen for Givenchy sea green gown was modernised in black silk. 15 years on, Winslet’s sense of poise and elegance only grew as seen at the Royal Albert Hall London premiere, and it was a gracefulness that Rose DeWitt Butaker would have been proud of.   

By Shu-Shi Lin - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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