Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants serves as the inspiration for 16 of the world’s most prestigious fashion designers to create Designer SquarePants. Giorgio Armani, Jeffrey Banks, Kenneth Cole, Oscar de la Renta, Mossimo Giannulli, Carolina Herrera, Sean John, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Catherine Malandrino, Nicole Miller, Percy Miller, Rocawear, Vivienne Tam, John Varvatos and Diane von Furstenberg will all participate in the charity event to benefit pediatric AIDS research.
Online auction site eBay will host the full roster of designs from Sept. 19-30. Interested parties can go to www.eBay.com/spongebobauction and bid on their favorites. The charity auction will also include priceless SpongeBob items such as autographed boxer shorts by Briefly Stated and SpongeBob T-shirts signed by celebrities like Tim Allen, Carol Alt, David Arquette, Candice Bailey, Drake Bell, Thora Birch, Chelsea Brummet, Michael Chiklis, Courteney Cox, Cindy Crawford, Ted Danson, David Duchovny, Carmen Electra, Lisa Foiles, Andy Garcia, Thomas Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobby Gonzalez, Tom Hanks, David Hasselhoff, Dule Hill, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Holmes, Christina Kirkman, Lisa Kudrow, Christine Lahti, Ali Landry, Lucy Liu, Shane Lyons, Neal McDonough, Mati Moralejo, Veneza Leza Pitynski, Josh Peck, Breckin Meyer, Ray Romano, Michael Rosenbaum, Giovonnie Samuels, Jamie Lynn Spears, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Ashley Williams, Robin Williams, Weird Al Yankovic and more.
All proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, whose 10th-Anniversary Kids for Kids Celebrity Carnival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20th, at New York’s Industria Superstudio and Diane von Furstenberg’s Studio. Celebrities from the worlds of fashion, film, TV, sports, art and society will come together to volunteer their time as "heroes" to work carnival-styled game booths and help raise funds for the cause. Those confirmed to appear include Liam Aiken, Carol Alt, Real Andrews, Oksana Baiul, Ellen Barkin, Candice Bergen, Aaron Boone, Helena Christensen, David Copperfield, Dominique Dawes, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Al Franken, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobby Gonzales, Drew Feinberg, Marcia Gay Harden, Teresa Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kyoko Ina, Hugh Jackman, Tom Kenny, Harvey Keitel, Robert Sean Leonard, Eric Lively, Jenna Morasca, Eric Nies, Kevin O’Conner, Todd Oldham, Natalie Portman, Audrey Quock, Phylicia Rashad, Cynthia Rowley, Paul Rudd, Diane Sawyer, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Schirripa, Kate Shindle, Tia Texada, Roshumba Williams, John Zimmerman, Ethan Zohn, Brent Popolizio, Candice Bailey, Donovan Patton, Lil’ Romeo, Master P, Tom Kenny and more.
In addition to interacting with their favorite celebrities, guests will be treated to the Nickelodeon SpongeBob SquarePants Fashion Show, an array of culinary treats from some of New York’s finest restaurants and a surprise musical performance. Nickelodeon will help underwrite the event, which is expected to raise $1.2 million.