Chanel announces location for Scotland Metiers d'Art show

The Chanel Metiers d'Art show will take place at Scotland's historic Linlithgow Palace in December this year.

Linlithgow Palace ©AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON

The dramatic ruins of Linlithgow Palace will play host to the high fashion drama of Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Metiers d'Art 2013 show this December. The castle ruin is situated in the town of Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, 15 miles (24 km) west of the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

The website for Historic Scotland, the palace's owners, announced the closure online, telling visitors: "due to a corporate event, Linlithgow Palace will be closed from 19th November until 10th December inclusive. Linlithgow Peel will also be closed to the public on the 4th December."

Last year's 'Métiers' show, the Chanel Paris-Bombay Show held at the Grand Palais on December 6, 2011 in Paris, France. ©AFP PHOTO/Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The palace is rumored to be haunted by Mary of Guise, mother to Mary Queen of Scots, and the buildings were later burnt down in January 1746, leaving them in their current state.

Scotland is certainly in vogue chez Chanel at the moment. Back in October, the famous French brand bought up the troubled Barrie Knitwear cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders area. The 140-year-old firm had been facing a long spell in administration after the collapse of parent company Dawson International.

"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", said Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop.

She told the BBC: "Chanel bringing the show to Scotland is hugely exciting for Linlithgow and the people of Scotland, and it will provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase Scotland's culture and heritage to a global audience in the Year of Creative Scotland."

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