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Designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik and Mario Testino have created bespoke masks for a charity event. The Elephant Family – an initiative that aims to protect Asian elephants and their habitat – enlisted the help of a host of leading artists, photographers and creatives to participate in their Animal Ball.

“Picasso said that the elephant is evidence that God is an artist and it is this quote that is the starting point for anything we do at Elephant Family. The animal kingdom is the ultimate inspiration for any creative mind,” said Ruth Powys, Elephant Family CEO. “Elephant Family is known for working with the most esteemed fashion and design luminaries in the world in exciting and engaging ways to raise awareness for our cause and we wanted to create the ultimate sense of occasion with our next venture.”

The masks – from the unusual and abstract to the more exotic, opulent and feathered designs – will be on public display at Sotheby’s London until May 15. Other names to participate include Missoni, Mario Testino, Ashish, Jasper Conran and Giles. All proceeds from the ball, which takes place on July 9, will go to the Elephant Family and Habitat for Humanity – a partnership aiming to tackle the conservation issues in Asia. To purchase tickets, email RSVP@elephantfamily.org

5-13-2013 12-49-01 PM Manolo Blahnik

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Diane von Furstenberg

5-13-2013 12-50-25 PMJasper Conran

5-13-2013 12-51-01 PMPiers Atkinson

5-13-2013 12-51-17 PMRobbie Honey

5-13-2013 12-52-03 PMBeulah London

5-13-2013 12-53-51 PMRachel Trevor Morgan

5-13-2013 12-54-42 PM3DEye

5-13-2013 12-53-26 PMNatalie Ellner

5-13-2013 12-49-41 PMMario Testino

5-13-2013 12-54-13 PMFleet Ilya for Coco de Mer

5-13-2013 12-52-33 PM Carrie Jenkinson

Another Amazing idea from the Elephant Family – look out New York, London is going to whip away your crown as THE party hosts…

Photos courtesy of Vogue UK

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