On the night before the 2018 Grammys, Beyoncé headed to a party for the music awards in a sculptural black silk crepe gown by Azzi & Osta. The dress took 300 hours to make, but it’ll take fewer for you to make it yours.
All you have to do is name your price at Chic Relief, an eBay auction that was launched by stylist to the stars, Elizabeth Stewart. Stewart, whom you might recall as a judge on Next in Fashion, has dressed countless Hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, all of whose red carpet gowns are now up for bidding.
And for good reason: all the proceeds from the Chic Relief auction will go to Direct Relief, an international non-profit organisation that is providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Stewart, the California-based charity is “doing really important work right now coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide [personal protective equipment] and essential medical items to health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
So, besides contributing to a good cause, what’s in it for you? For the most part, the chance to own something that has been worn by your favourite celebrity. On top of the aforementioned gown, the auction also offers the beaded Mirco Giovannini dress that Beyoncé wore in her “1+1” music video. Another highlight is a bright pink Georges Chakra dress, custom made for Jennifer Lopez at the 2018 American Music Awards.
There are plenty more red carpet looks to choose from, such as Cate Blanchett’s Mary Katrantzou gown for this year’s Golden Globes, a Gucci dress donned by Julia Roberts, as well as the Tory Burch dress that Rashida Jones wore to the hallowed Met Gala. Gwyneth Paltrow, Cardi B and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh have also donated their past outfits to the auction.
If you’re looking to build your bag collection instead, Chic Relief also has a couple of Louis Vuitton bags up for grabs: a pink Petite Malle handbag, starting at US $1,000 (S$1,417), as well as a floral travel bag designed by Virgil Abloh, which already has five bids placed on it.
The Chic Relief auction ends on 27 May, but you can always do your part to support the COVID-19 relief in other ways. Several fashion brands are now selling masks for charity, while jewellery brands are donating proceeds from the sales of their baubles to various nonprofit organisations.
Header image courtesy of Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Instagram.