Some hand-me-down dresses can be more impressive the second time around — especially when you tell your friends that it was one of Gwyneth Paltrow's favorites.
An online charity auction is making it possible for women to bid on gowns worn by Hollywood's finest celebrities.
Proceeds from "Glory Auction," set up by Nancy Williams and Julie Hecht Wells — two women who created the Web site Bridesmade.com — will benefit the Twin Towers Fund.
Fashion for Victims
Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch said the auction is one of the few things the fashion industry has done for the victims of Sept. 11.
"Fashion was so taboo the first few weeks after the attacks, because nobody wanted to talk about fashion," Bloch said on Good Morning America. "But the community wanted to do something because it happened at the exact time the spring fashion shows were supposed to happen, and this is what they came up with."
One of the hottest gowns, a Calvin Klein number worn by Gwyneth Paltrow to the Metropolitan Costume Gala, is available to the highest bidder.
"Gwyneth has been a fashion darling, a poster-child for fashion," Bloch said. "The dress she wore to last April's gala was one of InStyle magazine's fashions of the year."
Another high-fashion costume — a two-piece black beaded body-suit by Ralph Lauren — was worn by Penelope Cruz at the premiere of her film Blow last year.
If you want to look like Britney Spears, it may take daily trips to the salon and gym … or you could pretend by just slipping on the Badgley-Mischka gown she wore to the American Music Awards.
Slayer in the Red Dress
One of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's more formal dresses is up for grabs. The "Slayer," also know as Sarah Michelle Gellar, wore an elegant red and white Valentino gown to the last Golden Globes awards ceremony.
Actress Angie Harmon donated a short, black Vera Wang dress. Her husband, Giants football player Jason Sehorn, also donated some items. Once Sehorn joined the auction, a few other important players decided they wanted to get in on the action too. Derek Jeter and Mike Piazza donated and signed jerseys and other sports memorabilia.
The bidding on the "Glory Auctions" section on www.bridesmade.com began on Nov. 11, and it's scheduled to end Nov. 24 at midnight.