Hey, hey kids, it’s award season again. Unless it isn’t, of course, and you are reading this in the summertime. But even if you are, summer will soon turn to fall and it will be time for the awards season to start up again. Let’s face it, with the current state of movies, TV, and music there really is only one reason to watch the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and the single most important awards show of all time, the People’s Choice Award: the fashion, baby. Overrated beauties wearing everything from swans to plunging necklines to reveal where their 15 million dollar a movie paycheck goes to, the awards season is the time of the year when people of all ages and all sexes (though mainly female) can either swoon over a dress they could never afford or make fun of a dress they would never buy if they could afford it. But what if you actually could buy one of those dresses that show up during awards season? ClothesOffOurBack.org is the place to live out your dreams of owing the kind of clothing you see stars wear when they strut down the red carpet to laugh at Joan Rivers’ daughter behind her back.
ClothesOffOurBack.org is a site dedicated to raising money for charities by actually allowing average, everyday people to bid on the clothing that is worn to awards shows by your favorite celebrities. As I write this you can buy socks worn by the most boring vampire of all time, David Boreanz. These socks were actually worn by Boreanz on the show Bones. 40 bucks for a pair of simple gray socks with roses on them! Not too shabby, I guess. Still, I’d much rather have the boots worn by Spike than socks worn by Angel.
Dancing With The Stars champ Julianne Hough donated the BCBG gown she wore to the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Bidding as I write this is up to $555. Makes you wonder how much one of her nifty little costumes from Dancing with the Stars would go for, doesn’t it? (I’m guessing that the price per yard of material for a dress worn by Julianne is a much better deal than the price per yard of material worn by anything Edyta ever wore. A $555 bid for one of Edyta’s “dresses” would, I imagine, figure out to about $555 per yard or more.) Currently the highest bid at ClothesOffOurBacks.org is for a Lex diamond watch worn by Jorge Garcia to the Emmy Awards. I must admit I am not familiar with Mr. Garcia, but a cousin of a friend who knows this guy who went to school with this girl whose boyfriend broke up with this girl whose father’s business partner’s daughter’s best friend watches Lost says he was nominated for that show. Whatever Lost is.
ClothesOffOurBack.org was founded by the amazing Jane Kaczmarek who occasionally plays trangendered Judge Constance Harm on The Simpsons, and Bradley Whitford who plays some guy on some show. Not sure about him, but he must be a pretty decent guy to get involved with raising money for charity by selling those fabulous ensembles that stars wear while walking down the red carpet pretending that Joan Rivers’ face won’t be making them lose their late lunch by the second commercial break. Among the charities that have benefited from the sales of fancy togs worn by people like Scarlet Johansson and that kid who played Doogie Howser are UNICEF, the Children’s Defense Fund, and Cure Autism Now.
Normally, I’m not the kind of writer who would steer you to a place where you can buy the leftover clothing of movie stars, but I really dig the idea of owning a piece of Academy Awards history while at the same time helping to get us closer to curing a disease that could have potentially have been cured five years ago if not for Pres. Bush’s pandering to the Religious Right by outlawing stem cell research.
Check out ClothesOffYourBack.org here.