Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Cover Gown Auction

Those of you who've read my romance novels probably remember the cover of The Knight's Kiss, which won the 2004 RITA Award for Best Short Contemporary romance:

At one point in the story, the main character, Princess Isabella, hosts a black tie charity event at the palace. She needed serious glamour, so I modeled her gown after the one actress Mena Suvari wore to the 2000 Academy Awards, and sent photos off to the cover artist so he could replicate the look.

Well, that gown is now up for auction!

Clothes Off Our Back, a charity organization founded by actress Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm In The Middle") and her husband, actor Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”), is auctioning the gown to raise money for children's charities. Bidding ends on March 17, so if you know someone who's got the $$ and is dying to wear an elegant, size 36 Euro Escada gown to their own charity event, send 'em right here.

I think it's fabulous that a dress that was (fictionally!) worn to a charity ball can now do some good for kids in the real world.


Emily Marshall said...

Cute dress. The Clothes Off Our Back charity sounds really neat.

Niki Burnham said...

I agree! Often, when celebrities wear outfits to high-profile events (say, the Oscars or Emmys), they can't wear them to such high-profile events again. But you can't exactly say, "Hmmm...can't wear it to an awards show again. Maybe I'll wear it to Little League next week!"

They become a bit like bridesmaids' dresses, relegated to the back of the closet.

I think this is a GREAT way to give those luxury clothes a new life and help children's charities at the same time.

BTW--it's not just expensive clothing that's auctioned off. There are watches, shoes, handbags, and even celebrity-designed sneakers or autographed bottles of wine. The wine, especially, is something most people can afford. So you don't have to have thousands of $$ to support this charity!