More than one hundred celebrities are participating in ‘Jeans For Refugees’ by donating their jeans to be hand-painted by Johny Dar and sold to raise funds for refugees worldwide. 100% of profits are donated to the International Rescue Committee. *
New Exhibition! See the Jeans For Refugees collection live in New York City, in September 2017 – dates and location tbc
‘I started jeans for refugees to restore my faith in humanity and to restore humanity’s faith in itself. I’ve come to discover that we are really all refugees our own bodies, until we come to find home in the heart.’
– Johny Dar
The 100 ‘Jeans for Refugees’ are a collection of artistic expressions affirming that each human being has a unique and equal value, and a right to live in stability, safety and peace. Every life deserves a chance, and whether by contributing time, skills or resources, everyone can help to create change. We can all collaborate in some way to help the people on this shared planet of ours who urgently need support at this time.
‘Jeans for Refugees’ galvanises our celebrity culture to focus a global audience on a current humanitarian cause. 100 celebrities have donated their jeans in solidarity with the refugee situation, to be painted by Johny Dar and auctioned to raise funds for refugees worldwide. These talented individuals have achieved worldwide recognition for their work. Many have overcome great challenges to fulfill their own personal dream, which has brought them global fame and earned them an iconic status within our popular culture and global society. Celebrities are fascinating not only because of who they are and what they do, but because they are social avatars of dreams come true.
We all have dreams for the future. Refugees are faced with the unimaginable challenge of believing in their dream of a new home and new beginning, after experiencing the devastating effects of war and destruction. ‘Jeans for Refugees’ seeks to support that dream, inviting audiences to share the dream of a peaceful and harmonious world, and inspiring individual and collective action towards realising it.
To paint the ‘Jeans for Refugees’, Johny Dar applies a range of colours through original artistic techniques to express the unique personality of each celebrity, on the jeans that they have donated. His message – just as each colour in the rainbow adds to the beauty of the rainbow, so too can every individual in our global society enrich our world – if we choose to see and be that way. And that choice is up to each one of us.
“This started as a humble dream of wanting to make a difference through what I can do, on a personal level, which is painting those jeans – and the rest was only possible through the generous souls that have contributed to this project. I am honoured and humbled to be part of this, with all you beautiful beings. I would love to mention everyone by name who has helped to bring this all together but we would need a small newspaper for that, and you know who you are… thank you with all my heart. Thanks also to everyone who is here, supporting the project with their presence: Your support really means the world, and means a lot to the world, because by coming together for a common cause, great change is possible. ” Johny Dar
Participants from the film, art, fashion and music industries are contributing their jeans to the project, including Albert Hammond Junior, Alicia Vikander, Anna Wintour, Annie Lennox, Behati Prinsloo, Bella Hadid, Benicio del Toro, Brian May, Bryan Adams, Camille, Cameron Diaz, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevingne, Carl Cox, Carla Bruni, Cat Stevens, Chanel Iman, Charlotte Church, Christina Ricci, Christine Taylor, Claudia Schiffer, David Copperfield, Daniel Bruehl, Daniel Radcliffe, Dannii Minogue, Elle McPherson, Elton John, Emma Watson, Eva Herzigova, Fearne Cotton, Florence Welch, Geri Horner, Heather Graham, Helena Christensen, Iris Berben, Isabelle Adjani, James Norton, Jamie Theakston, Jane Birkin, Jaoquin Phoenix, Jessie J, Jim Broadbent, Julianne Moore, Julio Iglesias, Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss, Lars von Trier, Lily Allen, Linda Evangelista, Macy Gray, Marianne Faithful, Melanie C, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Hoult, Nina Hagen, Naomi Campbell, Ozzy Osbourne, Peaches, Pedro Almodovar, P!nk, Roger Waters, Ryan Gosling, Sadie Frost, Salma Hayek, Selah Sue, Sharon Osbourne, Sharon Stone, Sofia Coppola, Tinie Tempah, Tom Waits, Toni Garrn, Tuppence Middleton, Twiggy, Usher, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, Woody Allen and many more.
Model & Actress
ANT & DEC
Actress & Model
BENICIO DEL TORO
DJ & Producer
CAROL LIM & HUMBERTO LEON
Actress & Model
HER HIGHNESS JAWAHER BINT MOHAMMED AL QASIMI
IRIS VAN HERPEN
Scottish Rugby Union Footballer
LARS VON TRIER
Film Director & Screenwriter
Actress and Singer-songwriter
This is an artistic collaboration involving 101 talented individuals who have achieved worldwide recognition for their contributions to society in the realms of fashion, film, music, arts and sports. Each of Johny’s paintings will be an artistic expression representing the dynamic individual personality that the jeans belonged to. These 100 unique expressions and individual drops of inspiration will create a unified art collection, representing a strong wave of support for a humanitarian cause, bringing more awareness and ultimately more help to those who are suffering the current refugee crisis.
We hope that this artistic collaboration, which brings together so many extraordinary personalities and talented individuals, will not only raise funds but contribute to inspiring a world in which collaboration replaces conflict, where individual expressions are celebrated and not condemned, and in which each human being is embraced and nurtured as a unique contribution to our collective experience and global society.
‘In Calais I was pleased to meet these so called refugees. I don’t see refugees, I see people with a strong dream. Refugees is what they had to become – but you can simply call them dream fighters – fighting for a better human condition and fighting for their own dreams…. These people are an asset to our communities and society – you’ve got to look at their determination. They are simply fighting for a better future for themselves and their children. These people are full of enthusiasm, love and joy, and an undeniable determination to live a brighter tomorrow.‘ – Johny Dar
The first official Jeans for Refugees by Johny Dar exhibition of 100 hand painted celebrity jeans took place at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 24th October -30th October 2016
Come and visit the Jeans For Refugees exhibition in the Moda Mall, Bahrain, coming soon from 24th May – 30th June.
The following JFR exhibition will be in New York City – September 2017 – dates and location tbc
Stay tuned for upcoming Jeans For Refugees exhibitions worldwide throughout 2017.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a JFR Buyer
All the Jeans For Refugees are available to buy, and all profits are donated to the International Rescue Committee. For information about upcoming auction events as well as inquiries about direct sales, contact email@example.com
Thanks to all supporters that are inviting us to showcase ‘Jeans for Refugees’ before our final exhibition…helping us to promote the project and spread the word about the cause… coming together to collaborate and make a difference… helping each other to take action for positive change… #YourSupportMeansTheWorld
Refugees Wearing the Jeans for Refugees
Jeans For Refugees Runway Show @ New York Fashion Week
JFR Campaign Fashion Shoot by John Swannell
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin
The Jeans for Refugees
Behind the Scenes - JFR Campaign Fashion Shoot London
Behind the Scenes - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin
Behind the Scenes - New York Fashion Week
What Our Celebrity Participants Are Saying
'Jeans for Refugees' Videos
‘Jeans for Refugees’ is an extraordinary and diverse collaboration of people and organisations who are each contributing what they can to make a difference where it is needed. Whether it is a pair of jeans, graphic skills, marketing experience, monetary support, social media networking, or simply spreading the word about the project – everyone can help to create change.
This is an opportunity, a call to action, a chance to offer your skills, resources, time, talents and belief that a better world is possible, and that together we can make it happen.
Our goal is to make sure that every contribution goes as far as possible towards generating as much awareness and funds for the current refugee situation as possible, and that all contributions, with the help of the International Rescue Committee, go towards practical effective ways of taking care of people – people just like us – who deserve to live on this planet in safety, stability and peace.
War is the result of separation. Togetherness is the solution! Come and join Jeans for Refugees, and lets take care of humanity together, and bring on a better world for our children.
* 100% of the profits (after deduction of costs and/or expenses) made from jeans auctioned in connection with the Jeans for Refugees project will be paid to International Rescue Committee UK, a registered charity number 1065972.
Note 1: The costs and/or expenses for the Project are estimated to be approximately GBP200,000 (excluding applicable taxes)
Johny Dar is an artist pioneering an original form of artistic expression through painting, illustration, fashion, design, body art, multimedia, and music. Passionate about breaking boundaries, realising dreams, making the impossible possible, and collaborating for a cause – Johny Dar’s work offers audiences a new renaissance of expression and experience.