Jeans for Refugees is a global initiative which facilitates innovation, communication and collaboration to raise funds for refugees worldwide.
To be displayed at the Saatchi Gallery from October 24th to October 30th in conjunction with NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and the International Rescue Committee, the one hundred pairs of “Jeans for Refugees” are a collection of heartfelt expressions by artist, designer and humanitarian Johny Dar, affirming that each human being has a unique and equal value and a right to live in stability, safety and peace. Every life deserves a chance, and everyone can help to create positive change.
Exhibited jeans include those donated by Alicia Vikander, Anna Wintour, Benicio del Toro, Bryan Adams, Camille, Candice Swanepoel, Carl Cox, Carla Bruni, Cat Stevens, Catherine Deneuve, Chanel Iman, Charlotte Church, Christina Ricci, Christine Taylor, Claudia Schiffer, Daniel Bruehl, Daniel Radcliffe, Dannii Minogue, Elle McPherson, Elton John, Emma Watson, Fearne Cotton, Florence Welch, Harry Styles, Iris Berben, Isabelle Adjani, James Norton, Jamie Theakston, Jane Birkin, Jim Broadbent, Julianne Moore, Julio Iglesias, Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss, Lars von Trier, Lily Allen, Macy Gray, Marianne Faithful, Melanie C, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Hoult, Nina Hagen, Ozzy Osbourne, Peaches, Pedro Almodovar, P!nk, Roger Waters, Ryan Gosling, Sadie Frost, Salma Hayek, Selah Sue, Sharon Osbourne, Sharon Stone, Sofia Coppola, Tom Waits, Twiggy, Usher, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, Woody Allen and many more.
To paint the “Jeans for Refugees”, Johny Dar applies a range of textural colours through original artistic techniques to express the unique personality of each celebrity, on the jeans that they have donated. His message — just as each colour in the rainbow adds to the beauty of the rainbow, so can every individual in our global society enrich our world — if we choose to see and be that way. And that choice is up to each one of us.
“This started as a humble dream of wanting to make a difference through what I can do, on a personal level, which is painting those jeans – and the rest was only possible through the generous souls that have contributed to this project. I am honoured and humbled to be part of this, with all you beautiful beings. I would love to mention everyone by name who has helped to bring this all together but we would need a small newspaper for that, and you know who you are…thank you with all my heart. Your support really means the world, and means a lot to the world, because by coming together for a common cause, great change is possible. ” – Johny Dar
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