When Angelina Jolie and Stella McCartney collaborated on a kids’ clothing line inspired by Maleficent, I forced myself to not feel alarmed. Angelina loves an ill-fitting sack dress and Stella has little to no design skills, and I worried that the combo of Jolie + Stella would equal the worst sack dress ever. Alas, Angelina wore mostly Versace and Saint Laurent throughout her Maleficent tour. But she and Stella did develop some kind of friendship. And now they’re working together on a new project which was announced during Jolie’s co-hosted Global Summit to End Sexual Violence In Conflict. Stella IG’d the header photo, writing: “Launching the Draw me to Safety campaign to benefit War Child UK at today’s Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. X Stella #TimeToAct @maryamccartney #AngelinaJolie.” Here’s more:
STELLA McCARTNEY has joined forces with War Child to launch Draw Me To Safety, an international art project that has been designed to raise awareness of how children that are most affected by war see the world, while at the same time offering cognitive support to the most vulnerable. The project will ask young people, aged between eight to 15 in the UK and in conflict-affected countries, to create artwork based on the question: What makes you feel safe? McCartney will then create a fashion item based on the finished pieces, the profits from which will go directly to War Child.
“This project is about young people standing with children affected by conflict,” McCartney said. “Children see the world with clarity and honesty. War Child UK and I are excited to share their insights through art that will raise awareness and encourage the world to do more to protect children from war.”
“There are children across the world who don’t know what safety means because all they have ever seen is conflict,” Rob Williams, Chief Executive of War Child UK said. “Draw Me to Safety is about the power of children’s voices to talk directly to the world.”
The collaboration was announced at yesterday’s Global Summit To End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London, which was hosted by Angelina Jolie and William Hague.
“These are moving examples of how children who have lost so much see the world,” said Jolie. “I hope that this campaign will bring their world closer to us all, and that many people will feel inspired to help protect vulnerable children living in conflict zones.”
It sounds like a nice interactive project. I hope they raise a lot of money. It’s a good cause and it’s nice to see Angelina and Stella leverage their new friendship and their joined power to raise awareness (and money). Plus… I bet this pisses off Gwyneth Paltrow to no end. I know that’s a superficial thing to write, especially given the subject matter. But seriously. Stella must be exhausted with Gwyneth’s conversation skills about what food she’s eliminating this week and whether water has feelings. And there’s Angelina, doing important, serious work that affects women around the world. Who would you choose?
Photos courtesy of Stella’s IG, Getty.