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Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection

Supported by Swarovski, Elephant Family has collaborated with the Victoria and Albert Museum to display an incredibly beautiful and exclusive collection of couture masks, called "Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection." Each mask has been created by the world's most influential milliners and fashion houses - and each is unique and simply stunning. Of course, at EJS, we are completely obsessed with animals - so how could we pass up an opportunity to attend an exhibition inspired entirely by the animal kingdom?

The entrance to the stunning display was accompanied by a large projection - The Animal Ball 2016.

Left: The grand entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Right: The uniquely displayed masks, arranged on structured geometric cardboard cut-outs.

The masks are on display at the museum for a short time before being used in the Elephant Family's fundraising event - the intentions of which are as inspiring as the collection itself. Asian elephants are the underdogs of elephant conservation, receiving a fraction of media attention of their African cousins, despite being outnumbered 15:1. The Elephant Family's Animal Ball fundraising event will see the masks auctioned off in order to raise funds to continue shining a spotlight on these undermined mammals.

"The Majestic Macaw" designed by Georgia Hardinge was a firm favourite of ours.

Left: "The Oaxaca Hummingbird" mask, designed by Jimmy Choo's creative director Sandra Choi. Right: The intricately designed "The Royal Bengal Tiger", by Sabyasachi.

We had a few personal favourites at the exhibition, including Leonara Ferguson's "Heads and Tails" mask - an incredibly realistic approach to exhibit the bond between mother and baby lemur's. Additionally, we loved Natalie Ellner's stunningly designed and executed "White Peacock".

Left: "Heads and Tails" by Leonara Ferguson is a playful and incredibly realistic take on the relationship between mother and baby Lemur's. Right: The elegant and proud "White Peacock" designed by Natalie Ellner.

Philip Colbert's "Gorilla POP" was a humorous addition to The Animal Ball, inspired by their fascinating characters.

If this exhibition has wet your appetite, then you need to act fast! The masks will be on display at the V&A Museum for a limited time, until Friday 4th November before they are used in the Elephant Family's 2016 fundraising event at the end of the month. What's more, tickets are free! We hope you enjoy this fantastic display that stands for such a great cause


Constervation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection

On now until Friday, 4 November 2016, 10:00 - 17:30

Admission free

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL