Friday, 18 July 2014

Saturdays in Style: The In Fine Style Exhibition and Gareth Pugh Q&A

Edinburgh’s most sociable month is almost upon us, and some of those looking to board the ED FRINGE PARTY TRAIN may feel like laying low in a preservation of pennies, sanity, and liver function before August’s rollercoaster sets off. Well, pish to that I say, especially when a deliciously glamourous event like the In Fine Style exhibition sparkles on this weekend’s social calendar.

As part of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, the evening celebrates the lustrous style of the rich and famous in the 16th and 17th centuries, and its influence in modern fashion today. Against an exquisite backdrop of paintings and costumes at the Queen’s Gallery in Holyrood House, curator Anna Reynolds will host a Q&A with Vogue-lauded designer Gareth Pugh (whose creations have graced the not-unpicky celebrity backs of Beyonce and Lady Gaga) in an exploration of the “ageless pursuit of dressing to impress.” Accompanied, naturally, by plenty of fabulous drinks and music, and even the chance to try on a ruff (in a cool and insouciant manner, obvs), it’s due to be a night our Tudor and Stuart fashion forebearers would be proud of.
Helena Christensen and Rankin are amongst the celebrities due to be in attendance, so if you fancy a heady Saturday night cocktail of culture, decadence and schmoozing, then In Fine Style will be just the ticket. We shall be there with bells on, provided that a quick Google search confirms that bells were indeed in fashion in the 16th century.
So go forth and be fashionable! The event this Saturday 19 July is down at Holyrood Palace at 7pm. Tickets are just £10 (and include refreshments) and must be booked in advance – you can get yours online at the Royal Collection website or by calling 0131 557 2500.

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