Le Petite Poupée de Lanvin

September 09, 2011

I am always looking for an excuse to buy a little piece of Lanvin -and here's one with a feel good factor.

The French fashion house has enlisted the help of women in Swaziland who are diagnosed as HIV positive to hand stitch and embroide four limited edition fabric dolls each dressed in its own Petite Lanvin outfit. 

Proceeds from the sale of these charming dolls will go to the charity Dessine l'espoir whichsupports women in Africa with HIV.

The dolls are made in the spirit of Jeanne Lanvin, the founder of the brand, who liked to make clothes for children and dolls. 

In 1945-6, French couturiers showed their designs on miniature dolls so as not to waste fabric. 

The decked out dolls go on sale in November, just in time for the launch of Lanvin's luxury chidlrenswear collection.

For Lanvin obsessives the hand-made dolls will be the stars of this years Autumn collection- they are sure to become instant heirlooms.

Dolls will be available from all Lanvin boutiques and stockists of the Lanvin Petite range and will cost 250 Euros each.