Renaissance Romance

The Renaissance was a time of beauty and innovation, gone were the Medieval days of religion and chastity –  and commerce, opulence and sensuality took its place. What better era to inspire some decadent hairstyling? This photo shoot with the Coocouture Collective was inspired by all things romantic, Renaissance meets Queen of Hearts.

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The inspiration for the hair came from the paintings of Sandro Botticelli – what is more romantic than diaphanous robes and flowing locks with intricate braiding and hair jewels?  The image below is Botticelli’s La Bella Simonetta –  Simonetta Vespucci, c. 1480-1485.


The painting of Venus and Mars, c. 1483. is another iconic image which can be seen at the National Gallery. If you’re lucky enough to be in London on the 8th of August, I will be presenting a workshop with art historian Jaqui Ansell on Renaisance Beauty. We will be studying paintings and talking about historic hair and beauty techniques. There will also be an opportunity to try out some basic, practical skills and make your own hair-piece.



Super Suppliers – Floral Design: The Vintage Floral Design Co.// Photography: Kat Forsyth Photography// Cake: Frenchmade// Hair & Makeup: Retromorphosist// Shoes: Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes// Stationery: Claire Spake Design &c.// Brides Attire: Dornellie// Also joined by Comeuppance//


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