Sheffield designer’s masks fit for a king

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Sparkling masquerade masks created by a Sheffield bridal designer for a Royal charity ball have gone on display at Selfridges in London alongside creations by some of the biggest names in fashion.

Organisers of the glittering Animal Ball invited bridal accessories designer Debbie Carlisle to join top names including Cartier, Christian Lacroix, Christian Louboutin and Fabergé in creating a pair of masks to be worn by guests to the £1,000-a-head fundraiser for endangered species.

Guests at the opulent animal-themed ball at Clarence House on July 9 will include Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and entertainment will be provided by Jools Holland.

Debbie, from Nether Edge, was asked to create a bespoke pair of masks in her own style to reflect her interpretation of an endangered animal.

She chose the extinction-threatened Marine Iguana, the world’s only sea-dwelling lizard, as the inspiration for her masks which were created using hundreds of tiny silver glass beads.

Her creations are now being displayed in Selfridges on Oxford Street where 600 guests will be invited to go along and choose a mask to wear to the lavish event.