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Giving the shirt off your back used to be ultimate sign of generosity.
But Hollywood stars Sharon Stone, Benicio Del Toro and Emma Watson have gone one better, donating their trousers for a new charity drive called “Jeans for Refugees”.
Singers Elton John and Lily Allen have also handed over their denims to the American artist and designer Johny Dar to transform and then auction them off for the International Committee for Refugees (ICR).
Within hours of the jeans going up on the online auction site Catawiki, someone had already bid 5,000 euros ($5,500) for Stone’s, while the multicoloured makeover of the singer Pink’s jeans had reached 3,000 euros Tuesday.
Other stars who have also reached into their wardrobes to help include rock legend Mick Jagger, models Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss and Elle Macpherson, and actresses Eva Longoria and Audrey Tautou and singer-turned-designer Victoria Beckham.
“The world refugee crisis has had an impact on everyone,” said the designer Dar, adding that the online auction would close in October.
The ICR was founded by the scientist Albert Einstein in 1933 to help people escaping the Nazi regime in Germany.
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A fashion designer is offering fans the chance to own jeans from the personal wardrobes of A-list celebrities such as Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Ryan Gosling and Emma Watson.
One hundred pairs of celebrity denims have been given an eye-catching makeover by designer and artist Johny Dar and will be auctioned for his Jeans For Refugees project, which raises money for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
The first 15 pairs – donated by Sharon Stone, Pink, Elle Macpherson, Lily Allen, Eva Longoria, Heather Graham, Joan Smalls, Alicia Vikander, Sofia Coppola, Rachel McAdams, Zoe Saldana, Tal, Jessica Hart, plus Watson and Moss – open for bidding on online auction site Catawiki on Friday.
More trousers that have graced the legs of stars from Sir Elton John to Claudia Schiffer will be released for sale over the next 100 days, giving fans the chance to add a unique piece of celebrity memorabilia to their wardrobe.
Johny said: “The refugee crisis has had an impact on everyone – it moves us all, it concerns us all.
“The concept behind Jeans For Refugees is to spread a message through art, to create positive change and empower people to collaborate for a common goal, painting a new paradigm and inspiring a brighter world.”
If the skinny jeans or their price tags prove too much of a stretch, the lots will be viewable at a week-long exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
In addition, Johny will be painting a number of jeans in a non-stop live art performance over 10 days at a refugee camp to highlight the endurance and determination of the refugees as they make their journey to safety.