Charity with Style: Top Italian Designers Create Carnival Masks for OrphanAid Africa

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What do you get when you combine a charity organization, carnival masks and the fashion industry?

Although inhabiting apparently separate universes, they have come together to create a totally unique initiative. Thanks to a project conceived by writer, editor and all-round creative Alessandro Enriquez, eleven one-off pieces have been created to give a fresh twist to the Carnival tradition, each with its own signature style. Five big names from the Italian fashion world have reinterpreted the most traditional costumes for little girls and boys: Pierrot by Giorgio Armani, Pulcinella by Dolce & Gabbana, Stenterello by Roberto Cavalli, Harlequin by Dsquared2, Columbina by Missoni and Brighella by Vogue Bambini.

These extraordinary vibrant costumes were presented at the Luisa Via Roma flagship store in Florence during Pitti Bimbo. Since January, they have been up for auction on eBay, with bidding starting at 1 Euro. Two new costumes are being put up every week until 2 March with all proceeds donated to OrphanAid Africa. This non-profit organisation is working to improve living conditions for orphans, abandoned children and those at risk of abandonment in Ghana. It’s a unique opportunity to have a positive impact based on the idea of channelling the power of fashion towards a good cause. Now that’s definitely something to put a smile on everyone’s faces and not just our own.

Journalist and Fashion Editor 2.0, Giorgia Cantarini is totally addicted to accessories, whether it be funky bags or all kinds of jewellery. From the vintage markets of London to Los Angeles, she’ll take you on a voyage to discover the unexpected. Her motto: a woman’s best friend is the right accessory. Follow Giorgia on Twitter and

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