Thursday, June 2, 2005

Makeup Stains And Sweat Add Value To Celeb Clothing

NASHVILLE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You wouldn’t buy a dress stained with makeup or sweat from a store, but those are just the qualities that bring in the big bucks at celebrity clothing auctions.

Just ask Renee Layher, a wardrobe stylist to stars like Alison Krauss, who organizes an annual charity auction of star-worn clothing, Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches.

She says stains and other evidence of wear and tear make the clothing more real for the fans and can boost the value.

One example: During her first auction, country star Dierks Bentley donated a plaid shirt that he wore all the time. When Bentley’s manager warned Layher that the sweaty shirt hadn’t been washed, she said, “that’s good.” The shirt fetched $900.

Similarly, when Krauss’s Academy Awards ceremony gown was auctioned, for authenticity, Layher left on all the makeup stains caused by powdering Krauss’s chest before her red carpet roll.

Layher’s latest auction begins June 16 on eBay and, and she says her wish list for future sales includes Angelina Jolie’s lipstick and Dolly Parton’s bra.

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