October 24, 2012

Pudsey Bear Gets A Designer Makeover For The BBC Children In Need Foundation

Pudsey bear, the mascot of the BBC Children In Need Foundation has just received a special gift that any fashionista in the world would kill for – a designer makeover, which includes the participation of thirty of the most important names in the fashion industry.

Curated by Katie Grand, editor-in-chief of LOVE Magazine, the Designer Pudsey 2012 Collection features more than thirty 24-inch renderings of the adorable bear, decked out in some of the most stylish designer clothes. From classic to avant-garde, Pudsey’s look was reinterpreted in various fabrics – from suede to leather and silk, and adorned with various details, such as multicoloured beads or Swarovski crystal appliqués.

Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Loewe, Sibling, Mulberry, Giles Deacon in collaboration with Swarovski Elements, Katie Hillier, Henry Holland, Louis Vuitton, Jonathan Saunders, Alexander McQueen, Smythson, Victoria Beckham, Prada, Donatella Versace, Missoni, Pucci, Gucci, Norton and Sons, Diane Von Furstenberg, Fendi, Balenciaga, Vogue, GQ, Kate Spade New York and Tom Ford are among the names that contributed to the creation of Pudsey’s new wardrobe for 2012.

Pudsey Bear’s new versions include a look featuring quilted leather and a classic Burberry trench coat, an equestrian-chic look signed by Gucci, a suede look paired with a chic leather satchel courtesy of Mulberry, a psychedelic print version imagined by Missoni, a feminine outfit designed by Victoria Beckham, a 60’s rendering courtesy of Katie Hillier, a multicoloured look as seen in Jonathan Saunders’ S/S 2013 runway collection, a metallic look created by Kate Spade, five Balenciaga looks in all colours of the rainbow, one with floral appliqués courtesy of Alexander McQueen and a look truly fit for a gentleman, with just a bit of a dandy edge, imagined by Tom Ford.

The bears will be exclusively showcased at Selfridges stores in London and Manchester from October 24th up to November 14th, along with three smaller 10-inch versions created as a limited edition by Paul Smith, Anya Hindmarch and Selfridges, which are available for buying.

After this, the bears will head over to Christie’s, in order to be auctioned, with all proceeds going to BBC’s Children In Need Foundation.

To see the entire Designer Pudsey 2012 Collection, browse through the slideshow below:

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Photos courtesy of: bbc.co.uk, vogue.co.uk