Meet London Fashion Designer Hilary Floyd

Well-known London fashion designer Hilary Floyd will be at the Scheben Branch, 8899 US 42, in Union, on Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. to showcase clothing that she designed under her label Hilary Floyd of London. After the show get an insider’s peek into the fashion world and learn about Hilary’s fascinating career.

From a young age Hilary Floyd has had a love for fashion and tailored her education to further this passion. She was one of twelve people out of 140 applicants to be accepted into the Royal College of Art to pursue a degree in fashion design. A scholarship awarded by the Royal Society of Arts led to a fellowship and the opportunity to work at the fashion house Dior in Paris.

Hilary began her career in London, England during the exciting fashion-forward era of the 1960s. PVC (polymerizing vinyl chloride) clothing was hugely popular during this time, but no one had yet used printed vinyl in the fabrication of clothing. Hilary was ahead of her time when she began printing on vinyl to be used for this purpose. A raincoat she designed using the newly printed vinyl was an instant hit and quickly launched her career in the fashion industry.

Following the success of her raincoat, Hilary ventured in a new direction and began printing her designs on fabrics to use for women’s clothing. As her business expanded she set-up a small showroom and studio on Great Marlborough Street in London, England. Well-known for the creation of women’s separates, Hilary Floyd was ahead of the curve with many fashion industry trends. This was best exemplified when early on she incorporated crochet and beading into her designs. Her clothes have been featured on the pages of Cosmopolitan, Vogue and numerous other fashion magazines. At the London fashion show her work caught the eye of Princess Diana who went on to wear several of Hilary’s dresses.

Hilary moved to the United States after she and her husband took the opportunity to buy his family’s farm in Ohio. After relocating to the United States, Ms. Floyd pursued her interest in painting with oils. Through this new medium she enjoyed painting still lives and portraits. And, while painting provided a creative outlet, she once again decided to return to her original passion, fashion. She opened a small studio in Hyde Park where she brought custom design and high end fashion to the women of Cincinnati. Although she does not have a studio anymore, she does continue to work in design, but on a smaller scale.

Learn more about Hilary, before you meet her, by listening to an interview with her on our Podcast, Innovators & Creators.

Children’s Book Week Events at the Library

This year marks 100 years of celebrating the joy of reading and books written for children during Children’s Book Week. The week dedicated to “inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America” will be April 29 – May 5, 2019.  The theme this year, Read Now ∙ Read Forever, highlights the past and future of children’s literature. Boone County Public Library is excited to be a part of the celebration on Wednesday,
May 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington.

Courtesy of the parent organization, Every Child a Reader, there will be many activities to enjoy at our celebration. Children young and old can:

  • Make a Daniel Tiger puppet
  • Play Shark Lady Mix and Match
  • Draw your own comic book
  • Vote for Children’s and Teen Choice Awards
  • Fold Seasame Street origami bookmarks
  • Puzzles, coloring, and much more!

Those in attendance will get to meet local authors, hear their stories, and even have the chance to take some of the books home!  We are pleased to welcome the following authors to our event:

Picture Books

Jennifer Brasington-Crowley
Written and illustrated by Anderson Township resident, Lyndsay and Lainey Lion books follow the antics of sister lion cubs at the Sunnyville City Zoo. Each book introduces readers to a new and fascinating animal through a fun story-line and delightful illustrations.  The books are geared toward children Pre-K through Third grade.

Paige Downie
Whimsical, handcrafted books for infants and preschoolers with sweet, simple stories to hold the attention span of your little ones. Digital books available on all platforms, but those on iBooks feature music composed by husband Robert Downie.

Marcie May
Inspired by a dream about a city that was full of magic and vivid colors, Marcie traveled to a city where houses floated on water and a whimsical playground hidden deep in the sea. The character Tubs the cat is based on Marcie’s real life pet, a 35lb cat named Rusty.

Amanda Ramos
Special Education teacher and writer from Florence, KY enjoys working with her daughter, the illustrator of their first book, Seven Colors of the Rainbow. The vibrant colors appeal to young learners and those with special needs.

Karla Thompson
Karla Harney Thompson lives in the big white house, in the big backyard. She is on first-name basis with all the little critters who have built their homes around her yard. The groundhog family featured in Peaches in July, is the first book in a series of six children’s books, introducing a host of charming characters who have a story to tell, a skill to share, and a moral to learn. Karla’s second book, “A Messy Situation”, will be released very soon!

Young Adult Literature

Stacie Haas
Her debut novel, Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee (Melody Press, 2017), is a young adult, historical fiction novel inspired by the story of a real-life Chinese Yankee named Joseph Pierce. Earning the Skipping Stones 2018 Honor Award for Multicultural Teen Fiction and 2018 Royal Butterfly Award Honorable Mentions for Historical Fiction and Cultural Diversity, it is five-star rated by Readers’ Favorite and LitPick.

Carly Jordynn
Her first series, Forest of the Mist has two books published with Soul Mate Publishing. The last book in the series was released on Dec 5th.  This young adult series features alternate reality, time-travel, and romance. Her second series, the Sasha Bishop trilogy, has two books out, with the last book in that series to release this year.

Comic Books

Troy Pendleton & Charles Little
After noticing a lack of new and creative ideas, as well as a loss of traditional values in the book and comic book industry, these friends decided to strike out on their own.  The goal– to one day fill the bookshelves and digital stores with books and comics for all ages, creating great new legends that will be remembered and loved by generations to come.

We hope that you will come celebrate the lasting magic and beauty of children’s literature with us on May 1st!