Karen Elson & Liz Goldwyn’s Vintage Threads Reimagined for a Charitable Cause

L to R: Karen Elson & Liz Goldwyn in the photo studio for Vogue.

Only six days remain for those interested in a slice of divine vintage direct from Karen Elson and pal Liz Goldwyn’s combined closet, with an added flourish from some of New York’s top designers: Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, Narcisco Rodriguez and more. The collecting duo paired up with luxury e-commerce site Moda Operandi to offload some of their archive excess and give it a new home – while raising funds for a good cause in the process. Dubbed Vintage Vanguard, the initiative saw several NYC-based designers leave their mark on 18 vintage dresses culled from Elson & Goldwyn’s wardrobes, resulting in a wholly unique offering now available on Moda Operandi’s website. With prices ranging from $2,000 for a vaguely ’50s-’60s-esque short + bra set “curated” by Jeremy Scott to $10,000 for a timeless Zac Posen ball gown, it’s not for the faint of heart [or wallet], but there’s more: the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Dress for Success, which provides apparel, career development assistance and more to women looking to re-enter the workforce.  Clothing speaks volumes, and no one knows that better than veteran model Elson.  Our favorites? The Libertine-embellished ’60s sheath dress and the ever-dramatic Rudi Gernreich caftan + shawl set, updated by Narcisco Rodriguez.

Through Saturday, January 18, 2014 on modaoperandi.com.

Thakoon long-sleeved lace inset dress, $5,000.

L to R: Karen Elson in lace T-shirt dress by Marc Jacobs, $7,000; Liz Goldwyn in Vintage dress embellished by Libertine, $5,000.

Karen Elson in an embroidered, cinch-waist dress by Suno, $2,000.

Zac Posen with Karen Elson in his “American Glamour” gown for Vintage Vanguard, $10,000. 

All photos throughout ©Vogue. 

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