Well… What can I say… When I received this email, I really wasn’t sure they had sent it to the right person but after several phone calls and some kind reassurance from the lovely Lucy Frank I realised that I had, in fact, been approached to take part in designing some of the masks for this wonderful event organised by The Elephant Family in London.
This year, They are throwing a magnificent masked Animal Ball in aid of their 10th anniversary!
The evening will begin at 7pm on the lawns of Clarence House, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The party will then migrate next door, to Lancaster House, where 24 magnificent rooms designed by the inimitable Michael Howells await the guests.
The guest list will be an eclectic collision of the social, artistic, fashion, film, political and literary world – 600 people out to have the best night of 2013. All guests will wear animal masks, created by the world’s leading fashion houses – butterflies, peacocks, birds of paradise, rhinos, pandas, big cats, small cats, monkeys, chimps and of course elephants.
The masks are currently being designed by an array of top artists, fashion houses and jewellers. Other designers on board include, DVF, Mario Testino, Cartier, Fabergé, Missoni and more recently Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin , and we are fortunate enough to have Christian Lacroix, Marc Quinn, and Goldie Hawn on our committee. A wonderful collaboration of creative minds so far.
Benefits to designers include,
. Extensive high-end media coverage and PR opportunities -currently engaged in talks with Vogue for a media exclusive on the masks
. VIP guests wearing and being photographed in the masks on the evening itself
. Concessionary rates on ball tickets
. A preview exhibition of the masks at Sotheby’s in May
. An exclusive exhibition of all the masks together and an opportunity to meet all other designers involved
Needless to say.. I am extremely nervous about this! I’m currently working on some designs so as soon as I have something I will post up the photo’s for your feedback… Wish me luck!!!