Award-winning designer donates Forget-Me-Not themed high-end silk pieces to Homage charity event in Bushmills distillery.
Oxford-based Bianca Elgar donated a large Forget-Me-Not scarf, a skinny scarf with feathers (a one-off piece) and kimono from her new Language of Flowers collection for auction at the Homage Charity Fashion Show in Bushmills Distillery. This event raised a fantastic £13,196 and was a night filled with fashion, whiskey and rock 'n' roll with both The Undertones and Tim Wheeler playing on the night.
Alongside the fantastic offering Bianca gave to the Homage Fashion Show, she also has skinny Forget-Me-Not scarves available on her website with 10% of sales donated back to Alzheimer's Society. This would be a beautiful addition to any wardrobe, and what a great way to donate to Alzheimer's Society!
Explaining how she became involved, Bianca said, 'I got involved with Homage through Cindy [McKendry, organiser of Homage] who had seen my scarves on Instagram. She approached me to design something for the Homage fashion show. It just happened by fluke that I had already designed the Forget-Me-Not print for my new Language of Flowers collection.
'The collection was inspired by love, Victorian history and has a 60s and 70s colourful twist.'
Bianca had first-hand experience of having a family member with dementia. My father in law John was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2002, caring for him put a huge strain on his devoted wife and family. John was a very talented artist with a fantastic intellect, watching him deteriorate so quickly and seeing how this affected his wife as his prime carer, was one of the saddest experiences of my life.
'All around me, I see friends cope with family members with dementia whilst holding onto their careers, jobs and personal life. It saddens me to see them parent and nurse their parents," she said.
'In the autumn of 2016, I was invited by my friend Flo to her talk about dementia, and at the end of the session, I became an official dementia friend.'
The Northern Ireland fundraising team would like to say a huge thank you to all those involved in Homage, and are delighted that Bianca has chosen to further support the Society in this way. If you would like to find out more about Bianca Elgar's designs, please visit her website.
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