What do renowned fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan Atelier, and Hervé Léger by Max Azria have in common? Other than ranking among the world’s most talented and innovative designers, they are among a prestigious group of twenty fashion mavens honoring the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
Joining the creative endeavor to design one-of-a-kind creations inspired by the Leading Ladies of The Wizard of Oz are fashion designers Reem Acra, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Erickson Beamon, Chris Benz, Carlos Falchi, Douglas Hannant, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan Atelier, Byron Lars, Herve Leger, Jenny Packham, Charlotte Ronson, Anna Sui, Trina Turk, Carmen Marc Valvo, Sue Wong, and costume designers including Colleen Atwood, Ruth Myers, and Lyn Paolo, in partnership with actress Kerry Washington.
Each will lend their talents to produce glamorous costumes inspired by the film’s beloved characters, Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch, and the Wicked Witch of the West. The designs will be created for and modeled on Tonner Doll Company’s acclaimed 22-inch dolls and will make their debut during New York Fashion Week at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on September 4.
“Seventy-five years after The Wizard of Oz first captured the hearts of audiences, WBCP and Tonner Doll are excited to bring new life and a modern flair to the film’s beloved characters,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “And with the help of an incredibly talented roster of prestigious fashion designers, the Leading Ladies of The Wizard of Oz are going to transform the Yellow Brick Road into an unforgettable runway.”
Also on September 4, the dolls will be available for bidding on eBay for a charity auction, with all proceeds contributing to the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign benefitting Habitat for Humanity.
“These creations are beyond expectation—inspired, visionary and absolutely enchanting from head to toe,” said Robert Tonner, Tonner Doll Company CEO and acclaimed doll artist. “This is The Wizard of Oz and its leading ladies in a way you’ve never seen them before. Each doll is quite bewitching, to say the least, and we are thrilled and honored to be a part of both the anniversary celebration and generating proceeds for such a worthy cause.”