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Visionary style

Ashley Pearce, 24-year-old couture mask and headwear designer at Mystic Magic in Norfolk, is one of the industry’s visionary talents.
Based in the wilds of Norfolk, designer Ashley Pearce of Mystic Magic specialises in the creation of masks, headwear and full look couture, creating some of the most unique and spectacular designs for clients internationally within the fashion, entertainment and media industries.

​Ashley’s creative ambitions were honed from an early age, touring craft fairs with his parents, where cast off jewellery, clothing and fabrics were salvaged and transformed into everything from puppets and masks to intricately designed hats and costumes. With his young innate eye for ‘creating magical carriages from pumpkins’ and his later flair for enabling a stylist’s brief to come to mystical fruition, the name Mystic Magic remains as apt as when Ashley created it in 2005.

Inspired by his idol, designer Alexander McQueen, Ashley’s out of the box style and ambitions were first ignited at high school with his desire for memorable headwear creating his own sense of happiness, helping in some way to combat the severe bullying he was subjected to throughout his school years. So, by the time he left education, Ashley had already designed many pieces which the young entrepreneur then started to sell for parties and weddings whilst setting up his own fashion business, Mystic Magic.
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Wishing to publicise his brand, an ambitious Ashley designed and built his own website and social media platforms from scratch: With the launch of his online shop, magazine and media exposure soon followed with sales and commissions arriving from across the UK and eventually further afield: Australia, USA, Europe and even Hawaii!

Ashley’s designs were soon in demand with top stylists, photographers and fashion editors, appearing in Vogue, Tatler and Schön, along with commissions including on the catwalk for Paloma Faith’s stylist at The Clothes Show Live, BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing and European fashion spectacular, Zurich Energy Fashion Night.

​Perhaps it was thanks to the celebrity performers on Strictly Come Dancing showcasing such spectacular headwear that Mystic Magic was also to receive a letter of interest from Kensington Palace!

Ashley’s work was recognised last year when he was nominated and became a finalist for Designer of The Year 2016.

​Summer 2017 saw the launch of Mystic Magic’s first formal millinery headwear collection with many Mystic Magic couture pieces adorning a variety of prestigious summer events, including a hat design worn to the Ascot Dubai Cup.

The latest chapter in Ashley’s ever-evolving professional journey has seen Mystic Magic designs feature in a big budget science fiction film, The Arc of Nirvana, to be released next year. Whilst for top photographer Rankin, in his latest Hunger magazine fashion shoot, Ashley’s headwear is being modelled by ballet superstar Sergei Polunin.

To complement his mask and headwear designs, and at the request of many clients, Ashley has this autumn launched his label’s first full look collection: unique, extravagant, edgy and with, of course, the Mystic Magic twist!
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For details of Mystic Magic’s bespoke design, commission and hire services, contact:
Facebook: Mystic Magic Masquerade
Twitter: @MysticMagicMask
Instagram: @mysticmagicmask
Google+: +Mystic Magic
Blogger: Mystic Magic
YouTube: Mystic Magic
Pinterest: Mystic Magic

Stylist and Designer: Ashley Pearce
Mystic Magic Photographer and Makeup: ArtLook4U by Patrice
Hairstylist: Jeahan Tuddenham
Model: Shannon Harwood
Location: Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk
Divine Dalmatian Dress and Liquid Silver Dress: Mystic Magic – created by Monika R Fashion