Fashion houses design figurines to fund vaccinations

  • Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 12:01 a.m.
A doll is displayed by Lanvin fashion house in Paris.

Prada, Chanel and Christian Dior are among dozens of fashion houses taking a momentary pause from the red-carpet elite to design a series of dolls for charity.

The miniature figurines, that sport bejeweled skirt-suits and satin full skirts, will go under the hammer in Paris on Dec. 2 in an auction organized by the United Nation’s children’s agency, UNICEF.

Proceeds from the initiative titled “Designers’ Little Faces” will be used to fund vaccinations against polio and diphtheria for an estimated 300,000 infants in Sudan’s Darfur region.

“In the 10 years this has been running, we’ve saved over 3 million lives. It’s a chain of happiness,” says Michele Barzach, president of UNICEF-France.

The dolls are expected to fetch more than $200,000.

The dolls are being exhibited in Paris’ Petit Palais until Dec. 1.

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