The inspiration comes from real life. Everything that enters or leaves my life is sooner or later transformed by my hook and colours. Life and art are inseparable. And in the days of reaching the bottom, one knows the value of true friendship.
In Mark Shand's book 'Travels on my Elephant', one passage was particularly poignant. The mahout (elephant keeper) explains the origin of choosing his profession. When the night trapped him and his friend in the jungle, a tiger approached their camp. The mahout recalls the terror he felt when his friend was captured by the beast's paws. He knew he was next. Then, his elephant dragged him in between his massive legs and protected him for the whole night, kicking the tiger away until the sun brought safety.
Elephant Family took me under their wings when I needed a true friendship.
I am delighted to announce I will be working with the illustrious charity the Elephant Family on their latest, most magnificent project, The Animal Ball, to be held at Lancaster House on Tuesday 9th July 2013.
Harking back to the opulent and decadent balls of yore, such as Truman Capote's Black and White Ball 1966, The Proust Ball of 1971 and Czar Nicholas II's Romanov Ball of 1903, The Animal Ball will once again bring the splendor and glamour of a masked soirée to the heart of London.
The evening will begin at 7pm on the lawns of Clarence House, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The party will then migrate next door, to Lancaster House, where 24 magnificent rooms transformed by the world's leading artists and fashion houses await your pleasure to feast and dance into the early hours.
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