Lovely Lauriston

Queen CloepatraLast Saturday I presented a new talk ‘Kings and Queens in Costume’at beautiful Lauriston Castle in Scotland. The Castle is set in picturesque grounds just outside Edinburgh.

I have been involved in a number of evens for Edinburgh Councils. They include a photo shoot at Edinburgh Castle/Princes Street and a Period Fashion Show with a Scottish flavour at Trinity Apse a 15th Century Kirk in Edinburgh. I have also presented costume lectures at Lauriston Castle as part of the popular Lauriston lectures programme.

This is my third lecture at Lauriston  Castle- it is an excellent venue – the period drawing room is a fabulous setting for my costume talk/ display.

I have created fabulous theatrical costumes for royalty complete with masks, headdresses and jewellery. Costumes on display included a glittering gold outfit for Cleopatra Queen of the Nile, an elegant pink silk Gown for Henry VIII’s fifth wife Queen Katherine Howard, a new French silk gown for Mary Queen of Scots and a lavish court gown for Empress Josephine. I presented a very interesting, lively and informative talk about their design and construction.

Kings and Queens in Costume

Due to popular demand my husband accompanied me in full regalia as Henry VIII.

My talk was very well received – feedback was excellent.  The guests included a number of ladies who have attended my previous costume talks at Lauriston – it was lovely to meet them again. Visitors at my talk included a couple of theatre/costume design students who are studying at a local University.

Margaret and the rest of the staff were wonderful – they provided excellent facilities plus friendly hospitality.  We were happy to chat to the guests afterwards during a fabulous high tea which included strawberry/cream scones, drinks and sumptuous sandwiches.

High Tea at Lauriston Castle

I always enjoy presenting events at the castle – I mustn’t forget to thank Margaret for the excellent food – we really enjoyed it and also thank you to Andrew  who carried my mannequins!

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