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Holly Jade O'Leary created immersive festive entertainment, immersive theatre, live music and a staged conceptual fashion show on behalf of The Library private members club. 

It was beautiful, magical
— Ana Seferovic, The Library private members club, events manager, December 2016
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Library is a private members' club deep in the heart of London's theatre land Covent Garden. The bar, restaurant and events space is filled with books, poetry and art. Stained glass windows meet you at the entrance, and a wall of light feature and a piano grace the stage.

 Katie Morel-Orchard, opera singer and ballet dancer wears the Aurora Rose ballgown

Katie Morel-Orchard, opera singer and ballet dancer wears the Aurora Rose ballgown

I worked with an incredible, heartfelt lighting and production design team, creating bespoke costumed characters and entertainment, and laser cut illustrations and invitations at Makerversity, Somerset House. As much we possibly could, we used reclaimed materials, such as leather bound ring binders that would other wise have been thrown away to create unique fairytale art: castles and unicorns, hand embossed and painted to luxury effect. 

We drew influence from classical fairytales, French romanticism and African folklore tales such as:  'The Story of the Fairy Foxes with Wings of the Night Mists" to immerse guests in the magical world of Christmas festivities. 

The Jewelled Moon Theatre Company choreographed ballet and dance performances from Harriet Green, Katie Morel Orchard, Sarah Lenney and Lady Hamilton, cabaret and living tableaux by Sorcha Jane and Scarlett San Martin, and classically inspired musical compositions, in tableaux which combine mysticism, 1930's film noire, opera and fairy tales to evocative effect. Music was provide by Jake Stevens and The Butterfly Wheel, and a DJ Set from Peter Kaftanski. 

The Fairy Emporium - a textile art collection by Holly Jade O'Leary featured corseting and layers of stardust crystals and gemstones, modelled by TV presenter, journalist and SOAS lecturer Emma Dabiri. The showcase was accompanied by 'Dance Til Dawn' an ethical fine jewellery collection by Lily Flo Jewellery.

A fantasia filled with extraordinary performers and artists creating immersive narratives...

With thanks to ethical fine jeweller Lily Flo Jewellery, and Gosia Wolinski for assistance with costumes and styling, Sofia Cardoso for hair styling, The Bardou and Sarah Young for make up, photographers Alessia Chinazzo and Stephen Brockerton, and Patricia Roland Polo for lighting design.

 Mystical beauties The Butterfly Wheel styled in couture by Gosia Wolinka, photographed by Stephen Brockerton

Mystical beauties The Butterfly Wheel styled in couture by Gosia Wolinka, photographed by Stephen Brockerton

 TV Presenter, Journalist and SOAS lecturer Emma Dabiri models the Indian Summer Pink Rococo Suit in The Bardou

TV Presenter, Journalist and SOAS lecturer Emma Dabiri models the Indian Summer Pink Rococo Suit in The Bardou

 A stardust ballerina slips gifts into stockings for guests...

A stardust ballerina slips gifts into stockings for guests...

 Opera singer Katie Morel Orchard

Opera singer Katie Morel Orchard

 A Fairytale Christmas at The Library, Covent Garden, deep in the heart of London's Theatre Land.

A Fairytale Christmas at The Library, Covent Garden, deep in the heart of London's Theatre Land.