Red carpet gowns worn by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis are to be auctioned to help raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts.
Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist and fashion editor Elizabeth Stewart has teamed up with bosses at eBay to launch Chic Relief – an online marketplace where shoppers can bid on items owned by major Hollywood stars, with 100 per cent of the proceeds benefitting charitable organization Direct Relief, which works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for vulnerable people.
“I’m really excited to announce the launch of @chic_relief TODAY!” wrote Stewart on her Instagram page. “Many of us in the fashion industry feel helpless right now, so we got together to raise money for Covid Relief. And @ebay jumped on to help! 100 per cent of the profits of fabulous donated fashion items will go to @directrelief.”
In addition, eBay executives have promised to match each dollar raised up to $1 million (£820,000).
Highlights include the hot pink Georges Chakra couture gown worn by Lopez to the 2018 American Music Awards, the custom-made white Max Mara dress donned by Davis to the 2015 SAG Awards, the draped turquoise Christian Siriano dress sported by Allison Janney to the 2019 Golden Globes, and a replica version of a black Azzi & Osta fishtail dress once worn by Beyonce.
Other stylists involved include Elizabeth Saltzman, Ilaria Urbinati, Jill Lincoln, Jordan Johnson, Monica Rose, Jeanne Yang, Rob Zangardi, Mariel Haenn, and Brad Goreski, with the auction also featuring pieces worn by Lea Michele, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Rashida Jones, Kylie Minogue, and Cardi B.
The eBay auction will run until 28 May.
– Cover Media0