By Olivia Melkonian
Launched in the aftermath of the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4th, Creatives for Lebanon are a collective of artists, creatives and designers with roots in Lebanon. They have banded together to find solutions and bring tangible aid to the creative sector in their home countries. Due to the experience and high-profile nature of the artists involved, their platform has already proven to amass industry support from all levels. Their mission: to rebuild the Lebanese community and restore a new hope in the capital.
With a focus in art and fashion, the online auction will offer international attendees the chance to purchase one-off pieces, including Emma Stone’s Elie Saab dress last worn on the red carpet of the Oscars, which was designed as part of the designer’s Beirut chasing a dream collection, inspired by the summer breeze and elegance of the city. Sotheby’s will host the event from December 7th through to the 15th, raising funds to be distributed to active NGOs on the ground in Beirut including IMPACT Lebanon and LIFE (Lebanese International Finance Executives). The two NGOs will work together to ensure that the proceeds raised throughout the auction will reach the destinations that need them most between five local charities.
The five charities include Nusaned, Beit El Baraka, Baytna Batyak, Al Fanar and House of Christmas. Their collective work ranges from rehabilitating residential homes and local businesses, providing safe shelter for displaced families, supporting social entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as preserving and protecting heritage buildings and cultural sites.
Iconic fashion pieces created and donated by Arab designer Nicolas Jebran include his matador-inspired costume for Madonna, and a taste for the high profile vibe they’ve reached for in order to raise as much as they can. An estimated £30,000-50,000 yellow gold My Dior cuff designed by Victoire de Castellane will also hold a valuable place at the auction, adorned with sapphires, amethysts, aquamarines and tourmalines. Supermodel Naomi Campbell has even donated one of her favourite portraits to the cause, shot by photographers Rocco Lapasta and Charles DeCaro.
With a more artistic approach, filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige will also have work presented at the auction – a valuable addition to the artist line up as these artists have been working and creating on images, representations and portrayals of history of their home country Lebanon for more than a decade. Photographic works by Fouad Elkoury will also be auctioned, featuring one piece of work from his nostalgic Suite Egyptienne series, taken as he travelled down the Nile.
Be sure to follow the collective’s work at @CreativesForLebanon to support their initiatives as well as the other NGOs involved in the project. You can follow the charities they are working with here:
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