Now, if there's anything Company loves, it's a designer collaboration. And they don't really get much bigger than a designer makeover of our classic and loved Pudsey bear, the BBC Children in Need mascot. Over 30 of the biggest names in fashion design have used their creative flair and remarkable talents to inspire their own unique 28 inch version of Britain’s best loved Bear.
Louis Vuitton, Victoria Beckham, Prada, Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Giles Deacon, are just a few of the coveted designers who have submitted a creation to the collection which this year was curated by LOVE Editor Katie Grand. The whole collection will be exclusively exhibited in the London & Manchester Selfridges Stores from 24 October until the 14 November 2012, before being auctioned to raise funds for the charity. To visit the auction please go to: bbc.co.uk/Pudsey.
The iconic Pudsey has been recreated in an array of different fabrics from suede to Swarovski crystals; in a rainbow of different colours; from silver to blue, and in a variety of different styles; from Gucci’s equestrian Pudsey, to Burberry’s English Gentleman’s Pudsey. Each Designer Pudsey is completely unique and will allow fans of both the Bear and the designers the opportunity to own a piece of fashion history, and gain an insight into trends for 2013.
Anya Hindmarch, Paul Smith and Selfridges have also created 10 inch limited edition Designer Pudsey’s, which will be sold exclusively in Selfridges from 24 October 2012.
"I was honoured to curate this fantastic collection, and have had such fun working with the designers on all of their amazing designs, BBC Children in Need is an incredibly worthwhile cause, and one which myself and all of the designers involved in the collection are privileged to support". Katie Grand, Curator of the 2012 Designer Pudsey Collection.
Check out all the different designer bears below - can you guess which fashion house each one belongs to? (Answers below!)
Back Row (L to R) McQueen, Anya Hindmarch, Balenciaga, Balenciaga, Balenciaga, Balenciaga, Balenciaga, Fendi
Third Row (L to R) Burberry, Giles Deacon, GQ, Gucci, Henry Holland, Jonathan Saunders, Kate Spade New York, Prada
Second Row (L to R) Loewe, TOM FORD, Missoni, Diane Von Furstenberg, Mulberry, Norton & Sons, Paul Smith, Katie Hillier
Front Row (L to R) Pucci, Sibling, Smythson, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood