LINLITHGOW Palace is to make its name in the world of fashion royalty by staging an extravagant Chanel show next month.
The French fashion house’s Métiers d’Art Collection 2012/13 will be first seen in the royal burgh on Tuesday, December 4, in a spectacular A-list event that will see the ancient ruin returned to the opulent days of Scottish royalty.
The palace was specially chosen by creative director Karl Lagerfield as the backdrop for the collection, and Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley are rumoured to be some of the stars on the glitzy guest list.
And, for the first time in centuries, the palace will have a roof, as a central design feature for the show is thought to be a huge glass cube protecting celebrity skin from the winter weather.
Architect Jennifer Pirie (24) lives at Beechwood in Linlithgow and is working at the Chanel makeup counter in Edinburgh’s John Lewis over Christmas.
She said: “With a passion for all things design, to know that such a great event is coming to our small town is truly exciting, almost beyond words! This brings something for people who love fashion and design but also celebrities and Brad Pitt!
“I have always had a love for Scottish architecture and to know that it is going to be the backdrop of such a high calibre event can only bring good things to not only Linlithgow but all of Scotland. Linlithgow Palace in Vogue - who would have thought?”
Linlithgow is set to become a fashion icon in its own right as it joins London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and New York on the location list for previous annual shows.
It will feature 10 manufacturers under Chanel’s Paraffection umbrella, including costume jeweller Desrues, the feather dresser Lemarié, the embroiderer Maison Lesage, the shoemaker Massaro, the milliner Michel, the goldsmith Goossens, the floral finery maker Guillet, the embroiderer Atelier Montex and the glovemaker Causse.
Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop said: “The Metiers d’Art show is legendary in the fashion world and I am delighted that Chanel has chosen the stunning location of Linlithgow Palace for this year’s event.”
The culture secretary to the Scottish cabinet added: ‘‘It will provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase Scotland’s culture and heritage to a global audience in the Year of Creative Scotland.”
Palace owners Historic Scotland said this week they would be working with fellow tourism agencies to capitalise on the opportunities the international show will bring.
Organisers will be working at the palace from Monday, November 19, which will be closed to the public until December 8. The Peel will remain open but will close on the day of the show, December 4.
West Lothian Provost Tom Kerr added: “Linlithgow Palace will be an excellent backdrop to launch Chanel’s new collection, and there’s already a buzz around the event.
“On behalf of West Lothian, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Chanel and their team. Linlithgow’s motto is ‘St. Michael is kind to strangers’ after our patron saint, and I’m sure everyone from Chanel will enjoy the town’s famous hospitality while they are here.”
The Chanel Métiers d’Art Collection will be held at 6pm on December 4. It is invite only and the Journal and Gazette is not selling tickets!