Two very different, completely unrelated yet iconic items of clothing are going up for auction.
Sarah Ferguson, aka the Duchess of York, aka Fergie, told Oprah today that her eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, would auction off her infamous Philip Treacy fascinator on eBay to benefit UNICEF and Children in Crisis, according to People. (Fergie also, as it has been widely reported, confessed to Oprah that not being invited to the wedding while her daughters attended in all their couture-and-Treacy-finery was “very difficult.”)
Bea’s hat garnered almost as much attention as Kate’s wedding dress or Pippa’s bum, and has inspired the creation of several Facebook groups (my favorite is “Princess Beatrice’s hat looks like a uterus“). While most of the attention has been negative, Bea doesn’t mind.
“I think it’s wonderful that it’s had a reaction, it is just a hat after all, and now it has got its own Facebook page and so many fans,” Bea told Grazia (via the Daily Mail). “I’m glad it provoked so much conversation.” Hopefully it will raise just as much money as it did ridicule.
And on May 14, Jeff Bridges’ iconic Pendleton Woolen Mills cardigan that he wore as The Dude in The Big Lebowski will go up as part of a showbiz memorabilia auction in Beverly Hills, OregonLive.com is reporting. Opening bids are said to be between $4,000 and $6,000.
So whether you’re a fashion freak who can appreciate the wackness of Bea’s Treacy fascinator, or someone who just appreciates the wackness and White Russians, there’s an auction for you. Who knows, that Treacy hat might just really tie your room together.