Donna Karan is auctioning off her heart–three of them, in fact, alongside those of nearly 150 designers.
But don’t go scheduling a transplant just yet. These hearts are made from paper mâché by Haitian locals, and though they might not be able to pump blood, Karan hopes they’ll bring life force to the country of Haiti.
Working with the CFDA, Karan recruited dozens of designers to decorate their own paper mâché heart, which will all be auctioned on eBay to raise money for Fashion for Haiti. A handful of the designers involved, including Zac Posen and Olivier Theyskens, celebrated the debut of the homemade hearts at Karan’s Urban Zen store last Thursday evening with special guest Hugh Jackman.
“I’ve been very close to Donna for years, I adore her,” Posen said when asked what inspired him to get crafty. “I think she’s one of the most passionate, inspiring role models for me and other designers of today.”
Karan herself was very pleased with the participation of the designers in the project. “My heart is for Haiti, and to get everybody’s heart involved, each one showing their own creativity–which for me is what Haiti is really all about, Haiti is purely about creativity–to see [the designers] express their creativity-” she paused to put her hand to her heart.
“Now my next step is to get [the designers to visit Haiti]!”
But if everything goes the way Karan wants, you won’t be able to snag a single one of those designer hearts–she’s hoping someone will buy up the whole bunch so they can take the hearts on the road.
“My idea is, if anyone wants to buy the whole exhibition instead of one by one,” she told the crowd, “we could tour this exhibition throughout the world and just keep it going, because there’s a lot of words that have to be put out there.”
Any bidders? Mr. Jackman?
Check out the detail on some of the designers’ hearts and photos from Thursday’s party, and get your eBay account ready–the hearts hit the auction block starting April 22: