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Fashion dolls for a cause

Published:Monday | December 2, 2013
French designer Chantal Thomass poses next to her creation as part of Frimousses puppets collection displayed at the Petit Palais, in Paris, last Monday. The world's top fashion houses, from Chanel, Prada and Christian Dior, among others, have brought together their needlework in a unique charitable venture: each designing children's dolls that will be sold at auction for UNICEF. - ap
French designer Chantal Thomass poses next to her creation as part of Frimousses puppets collection displayed at the Petit Palais, in Paris, last Monday. The world's top fashion houses, from Chanel, Prada and Christian Dior, among others, have brought together their needlework in a unique charitable venture: each designing children's dolls that will be sold at auction for UNICEF. - ap
French designer Chantal Thomass poses next to her creation as part of Frimousses puppets collection displayed at the Petit Palais, in Paris, last Monday. The world's top fashion houses, from Chanel, Prada and Christian Dior, among others, have brought together their needlework in a unique charitable venture: each designing children's dolls that will be sold at auction for UNICEF. - ap
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Prada, Chanel and Christian Dior are among dozens of fashion houses taking a momentary pause from the red-carpet elite to design a series of dolls for charity.

The miniature figurines, that sport bejewelled skirt-suits and satin full skirts, will go under the hammer in Paris today in an auction organised by the UN's children's agency, UNICEF.

Proceeds from the initiative, titled 'Designers' Little Faces', will be used to fund vaccinations for an estimated 300,000 infants in Sudan's Darfur region against polio and diphtheria.

"In the 10 years this has been running, we've saved over three million lives. It's a chain of happiness," says Michele Barzach, president of UNICEF-France.

The dolls are expected to fetch more than $200,000.

Here is a gallery of images of the dolls, which are being exhibited before going on sale.