It has always been a dream to have my work exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and magically this is actually happening! It will go on show for two weeks from October 26th as part of Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball. When the lovely folk at Elephant Family asked me to take part in their fundraising event, the 2016 Animal Ball, I was delighted to be asked again. The 2013 ball was so much fun to make pieces for, I immediately jumped at the chance to join other designers in helping a great cause, with the phenomenal honour of pieces being shown at the V&A and Selfridges.
I chose the lemur as the endangered animal that I would base my 20 creations on. Lemurs are in critical danger of becoming extinct due to hunting and the rapid and widespread destruction of habitat in their native Madagascar. They are such gorgeous, fascinating and intelligent animals, full of character, and I hope I can do them justice and raise awareness of just how much we stand to lose if we don't act now to prevent this from happening.
"A Consipiracy of Lemurs" by Leonora Ferguson. Image courtesy of Elephant Family
The exhibition is curated by Ryan Lanji and will display "an exclusive collection of couture masks, created by the world’s greatest fashion houses and inspired entirely by the animal kingdom".
Leonora's lemurs listed by the V&A as one of the "Highlights of the Exhibition". Image taken from the V&A website.
The creations will be on display in an area of the Museum not usually open to the public, the Cupola, and will feature works by design houses including Charlotte Tilbury, Chloé, Jimmy Choo, Alice Temperley, Georgia Hardinge, Prabal Gurung, and milliners Philip Treacy and Piers Atkinson. Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection will opening in the V&A on Wednesday October 26th for two week. For tickets and more information click here.