Thesps shed gowns for AIDS org
Anjelica Huston gave up one of her own creations. Elizabeth Taylor donated two, one from Edith Head, the other from Nolan Miller. Cher even parted with her memorable Bob Mackie sheer lycra mesh number with all its elaborate beading.But it’s Lizzy Gardiner and her passion for plastic that stands as the most innovative entrant in the haute couture sweepstakes that is Oscar night — a legacy befitting the 1994 costume design Oscar winner for “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” And Gardiner was one of 53 generous souls who reached into their closets and handed over those only-worn-once Oscar frocks to help raise money for the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Christie’s will auction off the glitzy goods March 18 at a Gotham gala sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and sponsored by Vogue, Home Shopping Network and American Express — the underwriter, of sorts, of Gardiner’s gilded gown. The contributions range from Mitzi Gaynor’s Arnold Scaasi shell pink and tulle cocktail dress that she wore while performing “Georgy Girl” for the 1996 awards to Kate Winslet’s form-fitting green silk Givenchy from last year’s “Titanic” love-fest. Others who donated to the AmFar cause include Julia Roberts, Madonna, Sharon Stone, Janet Leigh, Emma Thompson, Bette Midler, Uma Thurman, Lauren Bacall, Helena Bonham-Carter, Cindy Crawford, Holly Hunter, Minnie Driver, Jennifer Lopez, Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon.