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33 Days: Lizzy Gardiner & The American Express Dress

January 29, 2011

Australian costume designer Lizzy Gardiner caused a commotion in 1994 with her stunning gilded dress made entirely of American Express Gold Cards. Later in the evening she nabbed the costuming Oscar for her quirky costumes for the indie hit Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Gardiner initially wanted her stars to wear the dress, but AmEx wouldn’t hear of it. Of course, once she was nominated for an Oscar they were more than happy to supply 300 cards (she only used 254 to make the dress) especially when she offered to wear the dress to the ceremony. In 1999, Gardiner auctioned off the dress and the proceeds went to AIDS research.

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  1. Lani permalink
    January 31, 2011 7:51 pm

    I had forgotten about this dress! Definitely a statement piece. I also love the costumes in Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and the dress fits right in. Too bad it didn’t make it into the film, would have loved to see it on Hugo Weaving or Guy Pearce.

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