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How to Buy Celebrity Dresses

Dying to get your hands on a piece of clothing worn by a famous star? Let us help.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Buy it off their back Check out what's for sale on clothesoffourback.org, a non-profit organization that auctions clothes celebrities have worn on set and to award shows. Proceeds go to various children's charities.
  • Step 2: Find a knockoff Get a replica of a gown worn to an award show. Knockoffs arrive at department stores within one week of red-carpet events.
  • TIP: The clothing line A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz specializes in translating red-carpet trends into affordable pieces.
  • Step 3: Purchase the same thing Like something you saw a celebrity wear in real life or in character? Check out seenon.com, which provides purchasing information for celebrity ensembles and accessories.
  • Step 4: Get it second-hand Check out the merchandise offered by It's a Wrap, which has two stores in Los Angeles and a web site, itsawraphollywood.com. They sell clothes and props from TV shows and movie sets.
  • Step 5: Have it made Still no luck? Bring a photo of the dress to a seamstress, who'll make a copycat for you.
  • FACT: A Clothes Off Our Back bidder paid $50,000 for the vintage Christian Dior gown that Jennifer Aniston wore to the 2002 Emmy Awards.

You Will Need

  • A charity auction
  • A knockoff
  • A Hollywood wardrobe shop
  • A seamstress

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