22 September 2008

au revoir, peewee.

yes, i did bring a fake chanel bag to the embassy of france. i got it at goodwill.
 photo by joel didriksen for BYT.

thursday night was the fashion of goodwill silent auction and runway show at the french embassy. i can't say enough about how awesome it was - the 1940s-inspired runway styling was so ladylike and insanely perfect (a firm handshake to em hall, the DC goodwill fashionista), and the company was a delight. besides the DC fashion writers and bloggers (brightest young things, cath and emily of listopad, the president wears prada, righteous (re)style, FW, and the anti-DC were all in attendance), the event was packed with people involved with and there in support of the training programs, education, and other good deeds of goodwill industries in the district. 
as excellent as the runway show was, my favorite part of the whole night was when the auditorium let out to both CREPES and RACKS UPON RACKS of goodwill clothing for sale. i was inspecting a chocolate brown-and-white african-print day dress when the smallest and cutest of Little Old Ladies came up and grabbed my arm. she was all, "that's my dress;" having already witnessed several incidences of same-time hanger-grabbing, i was getting ready to hand it over when she cleared things up: "no! i mean that WAS my dress..." she turned out to be such a WORLD TRAVELLER, buying the fabric in nairobi and later having the dress made up in geneva, all so one day she could donate it to the goodwill fundraiser for me to buy and wear to such exotic locales as the black cat backstage.  she was stoked and proceeded to show me exactly how the belt "worked" and i was just about dead thrilled over the whole thing, clearly, and $8.98 later it's in my closet. while i'd say a solid 80% of my wardrobe is thrifted, never have any of my pieces had such a specific history (well, except for those high-waisted shorts that came with a 1984 def leppard ticket stub. their poufy-banged, hot babe history was APPARENT); having scored such a thing on FRENCH SOIL makes it an unthinkable treasure. seriously.  
in summary: goodwill looks good, goodwill does good, goodwill is good. merci, goodwill.


OpenID parasolparty said...

Post a photo of you in that dress! I wanna see.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

That is such a fantastic story ! (Apparently I was too lost in the racks to witness it) It reminds us why we love vintage.
P.S. I need to see this dress! xo, Cath

1:39 PM  
Blogger DC Goodwill Fashionista said...

Oh, a Pee-Wee's Big Adventure reference. Excellent! -the DCGF

2:32 PM  

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