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16th Century Style In Vogue At Stirling Castle

Posted: 9th May 2016

Stirling Castle will celebrate the colourful world of Renaissance fashion this weekend (14th & 15th May), as part of a new event for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.


In Vogue’ will showcase all aspects of Renaissance style, from sumptuous clothing to the beautiful carved stonework that demonstrated the wealth of the royal family. Visitors will be taken on a journey along a Renaissance catwalk by characters from the castle’s past as they explain the court’s international fashion influences in the form of a modern fashion show.

Laura Gray, Assistant Events Manager for Historic Environment Scotland(HES) said: “In Vogue aims to show that 16th-century Scottish chic was as glamorous and exotic as anything on the catwalks of Paris or Milan today. Visitors will have the chance to explore trends in hairdressing, makeup and perfume, as well as hearing how the stunning jewellery of the time was designed to flaunt a wearer’s wealth.

“We’re also exploring how the Renaissance can inspire style today, with costumes designed by HND Art and Design and Creative Industries students from Forth Valley College. Visitors can see some of their work in the New Renaissance exhibition in the Nether Bailey, alongside jewellery produced by local adults working with Artlink Central and jeweller Laura Murray.”

There will also be woodworking demonstrations, highlighting the craft that went into creating the decorative Stirling Heads which line the palace ceiling. The outer walls of the palace, meanwhile, are covered in decorative carvings, once painted in bright colours to represent both kings and gods. Stonemasons from HES will be on hand throughout the day to give stone carving and letter cutting demonstrations, giving insight on the work required to create these displays of wealth.

In Vogue is included in the cost of admission to Stirling Castle. This event is free to HES members.

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