Just four months after the tragic death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse comes news that the dress worn on the Back To Black album cover will be auctioned. The dress is expected to raise between £10,000 and £20,000 and all proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Amy Winehouse was renowned for her raw talent and scruffy beehive whilst her free spirit was reflected in both her music and fashionable attire. In July 2011 when the public learnt of her death, the road outside her home was filled with crowds wishing to pay their respects and in August of this year her Back To Black album, originally released in 2006, reached number one. Today Young Academic brings news that the dress she famously wore for the cover of the album will be auctioned for the charity set up in her memory.
Designer Disaya Sorakraikitikul never met the late singer in person but decided without hesitation to help raise money for the charity by putting her dress up for auction. The request to loan the dress originally came from Amy’s stylist Amy Winwood back in 2006 when the singer was relatively unknown. The designer immediately jumped on board, having heard her first album.
The dress will be sold as part of Kerry Taylor’s Passion for Fashion auction on November 29 in Pall Mall, London and is expected to raise up to £20,000 for the charity which supports young people who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addiction. Kerry Taylor has commented on the auction saying:
“In my opinion, what makes this particular dress so special is that it is an emblematic reminder of the magic voice and sublime talent of Amy Winehouse – a sound that resonates with an entire generation and always will. I am pleased to help raise funds for her charity and encourage fans, the music industry and museums the world over to bid with us on November 29th.”
Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album will be released in December for the world to hear. The album is made up of 12 unheard tracks put together by Amy’s long term collaborators, Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi. Her father, Mitch Winehouse has said that if the family “had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of Frank and Back to Black, we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy’s musical legacy.” Some of the proceeds from the sales of the album will also go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation.