The Boys are Back: One Direction Takes Over!

The Boys are Back: One Direction Takes Over!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

In concert with our children’s charity, Merlin’s Magic Wand, Madame Tussauds Washington, DC brought the figures of global sensations One Direction to The Children’s Inn at NIH. The One Direction set features figures of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik, and will be in DC through May 19th, 2016.

The residents and their families, who live cost-free at The Inn while receiving medical treatment at the NIH Clinical Center, were invited to a private One Direction “meet and greet” before anyone else in the DC metro area. Additionally, attendees had a “hands-on” experience with studio artists from Madame Tussauds as they made wax casts of their own hands and learned about the meticulous and artistic process of making wax figures.

“It was an amazing experience to be able to bring One Direction to The Children’s Inn before we launched the figures at the attraction,” explained Therese Alvich, General Manager Madame Tussauds Washington, DC. “The band is so widely loved and it was exciting to see how much joy they brought the patients and their families.”

“We are so grateful to Madame Tussauds for this exciting, fun, interactive day for our families,” said Jennie Lucca, The Inn’s Chief Executive Officer. “You really helped give our kids a chance to laugh and enjoy being kids, which is so important to the success of medical treatments.”

The band, who first found success on The X Factor (UK) in 2010, skyrocketed to global domination with hits including What Makes You Beautiful, Best Song Ever, and Story of My Life. They first met with Madame Tussauds' studio artists in London to take the detailed measurements required to create their likenesses in wax in 2013. Each band member was examined, measured, and color-matched. It took a team of more than 40 people over four months and nearly four thousand hours in total to complete all the figures of the band.

In order to capture each of the boys’ unique personalities, Madame Tussauds consulted the band’s stylist when planning the attire of the figures. They are dressed in their signature smart-casual fashions that fans will recognize as drawing inspiration from previous appearances and performances. Harry is wearing his signature skinny pants, leather boots and an open, white button-down shirt. Liam is outfitted in casual jeans paired with a button down shirt under a leather jacket. Zayn sports a faded denim jacket and crisp white tee-shirt while Louis is dressed in dark denim pants, a blazer with a trendy pocket square, and leather shoes featuring his trademark missing socks. Finally, Niall sports high top Nike sneakers, jeans, and a white tee-shirt with a brown jacket.

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About Merlin’s Magic Wand

Merlin’s Magic Wand brings magic into the lives of seriously ill, disabled, and disadvantaged children byarranging Magical Days Out to Merlin Entertainments attractions. It also helps bring the magic to those children who are too unwell to visit an attraction.  For more information on what we do, to make a donation, or to apply for a day out, please visit: Merlin's Magic Wand Foundation website or stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About The Children’s Inn at NIH

The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential “Place Like Home” for seriously ill children and their families who travel from across the country and around the world to stay in The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world’s leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child’s medical needs, The Inn tends to the child’s heart, soul and spirt. Families stay at The Inn free of charge, no matter how long.