A costume designer and Oscar winner is donating the cream calico suit she wore to the 2020 Critics’ Circle, Bafta and Oscar ceremonies to raise funds for Art Fund’s £3.5million campaign to save her late friend’s cottage.
Sandy Powell approached A-listers at the aforementioned events in hopes they would autograph the item to help preserve Derek Jarman‘s Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, Kent.
Elton, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joaquin Phoenix were among those who obliged.
Jarman, who died of AIDS in 1994, was a mentor to Powell, who started her career working as the costume designer on his 1986 film Caravaggio.
Phillips’ online auction will run through Wednesday, the 11th of March. During this time the suit will be on display at the front reception at Phillips in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London.
So far, more than £2.6 million has been raised of the £3.5 million total needed by March 31.
Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said: “Sandy Powell’s idea of auctioning a star-signed suit, made possible by Phillips, is a brilliant, beautiful gesture, propelling us further towards our important target and its challenging deadline.”