For regular visitors to my site you may have noticed the gorgeous new photographs of my work.
These are the results of a collaboration with a number of brilliant creatives all based in Belfast that I felt had to get a mention.
First up, my fantastic stylist, Jamie Russell. We threw around a few ideas, I shared some mood boards to get across the general feeling of the work and left it in Jamie's capable hands to bring together a look incorporating some of my new hats and inspired by my latest scarf prints.
He picked out some incredible pieces of clothing to style with the headpieces and scarves (as skirts/tops), including this piece of his own making in clear PVC. Jamie brought together the right people for the job to bring this photoshoot to life and found this cool urban setting.
Creating both the hair and make-up looks was Rebecca Bryson. She picked up the colours in the clothes we were using gorgeously with just the right level of drama and really caught the mood we were going for.
The make-up was edgy and flawless and complimented my headpieces perfectly.
Our beautiful model, Niamh McIlfatrick stepped in at the last minute and injected the look with her own sassy style. She effortlessly moved through poses to create movement and project attitude in the images.
Niamh heroically got soaked to the skin without complaint on a cold, rainy day for this absolutely amazing shot.
And of course our photographer, Tony Webster a.k.a. BigBadLlama. Framing the shots against the graffiti of an urban underpass, Tony wove the colours and textures of the clothing and the setting together brilliantly.
He used the movement of the clothes and the rainy weather conditions to fantastic effect and I loved how he worked the atmospheric light in the setting.
Thanks a million to Alyson McElroy and the folks at NVTV for interviewing me for their Gaining Grounds show. It was an amazing experience and not half as scary as I had feared!
Leonora was recently asked to design a scarf inspired by the artist Sean Scully's work for sale during the summer exhibition at the NGI. The first print run was a sellout and other designs are now available from the gallery shop.
It was also very exciting to have the butterfly scarf featured in the shop window alongside other Irish makers and designers.
Was shocked and delighted to accept the Eleanor de la Branchardiere Award for innovation in lace at the RDS National Craft Awards!
It was an honour to have my headpiece exhibited in the first place among beautiful pieces from other craftspeople.
The exhibition continued throughout the Dublin Horse Show.
We were so excited to take part in the fabulous night of fashion at Lissan House, Cookstown, in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The stylish evening took place on 3rd October 2014.
Here's a pic from the night showing Leonora's headpieces worn with Claire's Formal Dresses. For those who haven't been to Lissan House, it's well worth a visit.
Leonora was invited to take part in an exhibition of contemporary Northern Irish craft in Cookstown's Burnavon Theatre. It was an honour to have work shown alongside Andrea Hayes, Jacki Sleator, Lynda B, Diane McCormick and Jill Graham. The exhibition runs from 4th-29th August 2014.
Leonora returned to the Grand Ballroom of Derry's Hastings Everglades Hotel for Hatwalk, a millinery catwalk show in support of Brain Tumour Research as part of Wear a Hat Day. The event was organised by Derry's own Jean Paul Couture and featured a number of talented local milliners.
Leonora was very surprised and excited to hear that she has been nominated for IN! Magazine's Breakthrough Designer of the Year Award. She is up against some stiff competition, including the accessories designer Rachel McKnight. The prestigious Glamour Awards take place on the 22nd March and the winners are chosen by the public, who can now vote here on the IN! Magazine website.
A big thank you to everyone who has voted for Leonora so far
Leonora Bridal is now stocked in new Belfast bridal boutique, Archive 12
Here's one of their beautiful photographs featuring my Rose and Chain headpiece. This dress is one of many gorgeous and carefully selected vintage styles.