The Animal Ball

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November 2016 saw the prestigious Animal Ball take place at Victoria House, hosted by The Royal Family. Georgia Hardinge was one of the designers asked to create a headpiece inspired by endangered animals.

The majestic blue and gold Macaw, otherwise known as Ara Ararauna, is threatened of extinction in most countries by deforestation. Georgia Hardinge, created a sculptural mask to capture the opulence of this magnificent bird.

Using her signature structural techniques and experience with manipulating materials, Georgia has crafted the mask using card and boning. The Ara Ararauna Macaw is eye-catching with its vibrant coloured feathers in shades of turquoise and yellow. Hardinge has emulated these exciting hues, producing a bold, statement piece.

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Georgia's 'Majestic Macaw' mask was seen on Elizabeth Hurley and friends who attended a pre-ball dinner at The Sexy Fish in London.
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Sabine Getty dressed in bespoke Georgia Hardinge sculpture pleated cape styled with the SS16 Pearl Dress underneath.
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Sabine Getty with Georgia Hardinge.
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A flock of 'Majestic Macaws' at the Sexy Fish pre-ball dinner.
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Victoria Aspinal with husband Damian Aspinal wearing her Georgia Hardinge Macaw mask. Tatler Bystander captured them at the event.
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Georgia Hardinge with Hofit Golan wearing their sculptural macaw masks.
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Acrobats and performers dressed as wild animals were the evenings entertainment.
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Marissa Montgomery wearing the Georgia Hardinge AW16 Electrum show dress.
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Photo credit: David M. Benett