THE WAY SHE WORE
There were celebrated castoffs galore as Barbra Streisand put her glorious glad rags up on the action block. The massive closet cleaning contained scores of the legendary diva’s most memorable duds, including wardrobe pieces from “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “A Star is Born,” “What’s Up, Doc?,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces” and “The Owl and the Pussycat.”
There were pricey threads from high profile appearances like the glitzy Arnold Scassi number she wore when collecting her best actress Oscar for “Funny Girl.” Gobs and gobs of goodies traced the superstar’s career from the very beginning to the present day-skinny minis from the ’60s, billowy elephant bottoms from the ’70s and serious shoulder pads from the ’80s.
It came as no surprise that Barbra’s fabulous finds fetched a pretty penny. The sequin and rhinestone encrusted gown she donned in “Funny Girl” took in $4,800. Another “Funny Girl” frock took in a whopping $23,000. Even that simple Superman T-shirt sold for an astounding $6,000.
The glorified garage sale had everything you could imagine in every style you could imagine—-V-necks, jewel necks, crew necks, real fur, faux fur, rabbit fur, Fendi fur, mink fur, basic suspenders, stylish jumpsuits, straw hats, plaid caps, psychedelic caftans and ever so much more.
Many of the creations came from some of the fashion world’s leading designers-Bob Mackie, Dior, Cecil Beaton, Bruce Oldfield and Teirry Mugler.
From “On a Clear Day’s” tattered orphanage dress to “Hello Dolly’s” glitziest gown, there was a costume for every occasion. Among the most prized pieces-the famed “Owl and the Pussycat” sexy black teddy with pink marabou trim ($15,000), that spiffy sailor suit sported on the Judy Garland Show ($28,800) and the frilly period creation from “On a Clear Day,” complete with oversized chapeau and fur muff ($8,400).
Cecil Beaton’s dressy duds pulled in some of the biggest bucks, while trappings from longtime designer-pal Donna Karen drew more modest prices. What’s more, you didn’t have to break the bank to have a slice of Streisand. A pair of the superstar’s earrings went for just $150.
You didn’t have to settle for looking like Ms. Barbra, you could live like her too. Fancy personal furnishing included candleholders, sofas, tables and stools. Last but not least, one lucky bidder really got the star treatment, picking up Barbra’s very own 1986 Econoline diva mobile, complete with monogrammed doors, kitchen, bath, sofa and entertainment system.
The charity auction brought in major dollars for Babs and her Streisand Foundation. So forget about bringing flowers. These coveted prizes make people, people who love Barbra, the luckiest people in the world.