To the disappointment of many, tab/window title can't be set anymore with `--title`

I use bash. I have had a few aliases I have used to connect to remote servers with.

    alias c:prod='gnome-terminal --hide-menubar --profile=Production \
    --title="Production Server" -e "ssh <url>" &'
 
I found a workaround for GNOME 3.14+ to set title which works well in the command line once put in `.bashrc`

    function set-title() {
      if [[ -z "$ORIG" ]]; then
        ORIG=$PS1
      fi
      TITLE="\[\e]2;$@\a\]"
      PS1=${ORIG}${TITLE}
    }

However, this only seems to be effective if placed and called in the remote server's `.bashrc` i.e. I can only change the title after login.

It has no effect, whatsoever if I attempt to change the title of the new window before connecting:

    alias c:prod='gnome-terminal --hide-menubar --profile=Production \
    -e "bash -c \"source ~/.bashrc;set-title \"Production Server\";ssh <url>\"" &'

Setting window title on the remote feels wrong, when the terminal is running on my box, and I cannot make it work on servers either where my user does not happen to have a home directory to put a `.bashrc` in.

Is there a forest I can't see for the trees?