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Friday 18 April 2014

Model of the moment Cara wears Irish designed hat to mingle with the royals

Irish milliner and accessory designer Leonora Ferguson was the talk of The Animal Ball in London earlier this week, where super model Cara Delavigne wore her Iguana headpiece.

“I’m super excited about it and shocked,” Leonora, who trained at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin said today. “It’s wonderful that someone like Cara would want to wear one of my pieces, I just couldn’t believe it.”

The Animal Ball, which was hosted at Clarence and Lancaster House in the presence of Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall raised over £600,000 for conservation charity The Elephant Family.

Guests including Cara Delevingne, Poppy Delevingne, Jerry Hall and Rupert Everett were adorned in a variety of masks created by the world’s top milliners, designers and artists.

Leonora was invited to create a pair of masks for the ball alongside other well known milliners and designers, such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy.

The Elephant Family CEO’s Ruth and Mary Powys, were so impressed by Leonora’s submissions that they requested another pair of masks based on flamingos to wear to the ball themselves. However, Leonora had no idea that super model Cara would also choose to wear one of her creations on the night.

Cara, the British Fashion Award Model of the Year 2012, matched Leonora's quirky, reptilian headwear with a black Burberry dress and YSL handbag.

“It was really out of the blue,” Leonora added. “It’s just so unexpected. Cara is such an amazing style icon and so beautiful. It’s provided such wonderful exposure for me too, so I’m extremely grateful. It’s just wonderful.”

Leonora is based in County Tyrone where she currently works from home, supplying retailers and producing bespoke pieces.

Since graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Leonora has worked in costume for productions by Universal Studios, HBO and Madame Tussauds as well as setting up her own fashion accessories label in 2011.

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