AUCTION SET FOR NYC2000 DRESSES
Byline: Eric Wilson
NEW YORK — They may have been designed as the end-all dresses for millennial partying, but the 95 evening looks designed as part of New York’s tribute to 2000 are about to be made available for purchase — six months after the big event.
The city’s millennium committee, which staged a celebrity-filled runway show in Times Square in September as a kickoff to its NYC2000 celebrations, has finally set a date and venue to auction looks created for the event by Donna Karan, Nicole Miller, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Thierry Mugler, Helmut Lang and Calvin Klein and other designers.
Rather than sell the looks at a gala benefit, as was originally planned, learned the organization has linked with Yahoo to stage a two-week-long online auction, beginning June 1 and open to the entire Internet community, WWD has learned. Proceeds will go to the Center for Arts Education, a nonprofit group that raises money to improve arts education in New York’s public school system.
The auction will take place over two weeks because of the size of the collection. Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, as well as several prominent European houses, were asked to submit creations that reflected their takes on the new millennium. The results were showcased in an elaborate runway show in Times Square Sept. 13 that featured a cast of major models, plus celebrities Kristen Johnston, Angie Harmon, Lauren Hutton and Mya and Jordan Knight, and was simulcast on the jumbo television screens in the neighborhood.
In addition to the 95 outfits, which have been stored in Nicole Miller’s Long Island City warehouse since the event, there were about 30 pieces of jewelry in the show that will also be auctioned.