Panda-monium in London Thanks to Designers
It was Pandamonium.
Thursday, London's Hyde Park was home to a showcase of art and fashion, all for a good cause.
Pandamonium (named after the animal) was the second annual event celebrating the work of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Those in the art, fashion and design fields came together to create wearable sculpture and performances in an effort to promote the WWF's conservation work and also share pressing environmental dangers.
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Artist Grayson Perry and chairman of WWF-UK Ed Smith co-hosted the evening's festivities, which began at 6:30 p.m. in The Old Gate House. Artwise curated the participating artists, each of whom offered a wearable sculpture or performance, many animal-themed. Some strutted their stuff in an open-air catwalk show while others offered up live presentations.
The ceremony also included a feast and champage under the stars. A silent auction by Phillips de Pury offered guests a chance to purchase some of the art to raise funds for the WWF (which protects endangered wildlife and promotes solutions for climate change and sustainable living).
The head of design at WWF, Georgie Bridge, commented on the results of the project. "Each artist has carefully thought about the diverse range of environmental issues that our planet faces," she said, "and the results are striking."