This September, Disney celebrates Minnie Mouse as one of its most beloved and enduring cultural icons. Inspired by her unique and distinctive style, a number of international designers created ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’ one-off garments and accessories, which were unveiled yesterday at London Fashion Week and will be auctioned together with eBay, to support the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation.
1. Giles Deacon
2. Terry de Havviland
3. Lulu Guiness
Many young girls’ first experience of fashion, Minnie Mouse has been an inspirational character since her first appearance as Mickey Mouse’s sweetheart in 1928. Celebrating Minnie Mouse’s timeless appeal, renowned designers including Giles Deacon, Michael van der Ham, Richard Nicoll, Piers Atkinson, Bunney, Husam el Odeh in collaboration with Luke Hersheson, Katie Hillier, Lulu Guinness, Tatty Devine and Terry de Havilland have creatively interpreted her signature bows and trademark polka dots.
An extraordinary collaboration with Meadham Kirchhoff will also be revealed at their Spring/Summer 2013 show.
4. Meadham Kirchhoff
The ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’ are currently showcased at the London Fashion Week Exhibition.
During the ‘Inspired by Minnie Mouse’ showcase, each of the ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’ will be available at an exclusive auction on the eBay for Charity programme from 13 – 23 September, offering fashion-followers and Disney fans around the world the opportunity to own a unique one-off Minnie Mouse-inspired creation.
5. Piers Atkinson
6. Katie Hillier
7. Tatty Devine
Proceeds from the auction will be donated by Disney to support the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation, a British Fashion Council initiative to nurture relationships between the creative industries and maintain a reputation for fashion innovation.
8. Michael Van Der Ham
“Minnie Mouse and her unique style continue to inspire fans across the world. We’re thrilled to collaborate with such visionaries to create these one-off designs. Surpassing trends, Minnie Mouse’s iconic silhouette, signature bows and polka dots always remain in style which is why she is as relevant today as the day she first appeared on the fashion scene”, commented Marc Low, vice president of Fashion and Home for The Walt Disney Company EMEA. “London Fashion Week is the perfect stage for Disney, one of the world’s largest apparel brands, to put a spotlight on Minnie Mouse.”
9. & 10. Richard Nicoll
The Minnie Mouse Must Have auction forms part of eBay’s Fashion campaign supporting fashion design talent. eBay’s activities also include the recently announced partnership with the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward initiative, championing emerging British fashion designers.
Melanie Smallwood, head of eBay Fashion Brands says: “Since 2006 our eBay for Charity programme has raised over £36 million for UK Charities. We’re delighted to be supporting this auction during London Fashion Week in aid of the Fashion Arts Foundation.”
11. Husam el Odeh & Luke Hersheson