The heartbreaking story behind this Amy Winehouse dress up for auction

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For her past unrecorded show successful 2011, Amy Winehouse took the signifier successful Belgrade, Serbia, wearing a bamboo-print halter formal designed by her stylist and person Naomi Parry.

The brace had collaborated connected a postulation of 11 frocks to beryllium worn by the “Rehab” vocalist for her upcoming European tour. But that nighttime successful June 2011 was a disaster, with the Grammy victor slurring and wandering disconnected stage. Her circuit was cancelled arsenic a result, and the beauteous outfits were hardly worn.

“I consciousness an immense magnitude of sadness erstwhile I look astatine that dress,” Parry told The Post, noting that, during the time, Winehouse, who struggled with addiction, had conscionable been to rehab. “[The dress] was expected to beryllium the commencement of thing caller and moving forward. She had been doing truthful well.”

Instead, Winehouse died of intoxicant poisoning a period later. She was lone 27.

“[The dress] went from symbolizing thing caller and breathtaking to implicit devastation,” said Parry.

The precocious   Amy Winehouse successful  Belgrade during her past  unrecorded  performance. She died successful  2011 astatine  27The precocious Amy Winehouse successful Belgrade during her past unrecorded performance. She died successful 2011 astatine 27.AP

The bamboo fig is 1 of hundreds of items from the soulful singer’s wardrobe that volition beryllium up for bid astatine Julien’s Auction successful Beverly Hills Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds benefitting the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which assists young radical who are battling addiction. It’s expected to rise betwixt $15,000 and $17,000.

Also connected connection are accessories from Miu Miu, a brace of Freed ballet flats donned connected signifier with Mick Jagger, a Dolce & Gabbana cardigan and a heart-shaped Moschino container — estimated to fetch $15,000 to $20,000 — that Winehouse wore to the BRIT Awards successful 2007.

A leopard Dolce & Gabbana skirt worn by Amy Winehouse (performing with Mark Ronson astatine  the BRIT Awards successful  2008) is up   for auction.A leopard Dolce & Gabbana skirt worn by Amy Winehouse (performing with Mark Ronson astatine the BRIT Awards successful 2008) is 1 of the dozen’s of Winehouse’s idiosyncratic items up for auction.Redferns

That quality was a turning constituent for Winehouse. She would soon go a household name, with designers sending her boatloads of luxe clothing. (Once Winehouse’s addiction began to rotation retired of control, Parry said immoderate manner houses distanced themselves, but “Dolce & Gabbana ever looked aft us.”)

Following her tragic death, Winehouse’s belongings went successful retention for astir a decennary until her household decided to grounds and auction disconnected her idiosyncratic effects for a bully cause.

Winehouse's reddish  Moschino bosom  shaped container  she wore to the BRIT Awards successful  2007 is expected to fetch $15,000 to $20,000.Winehouse’s reddish Moschino bosom shaped container she wore to the BRIT Awards successful 2007 is expected to fetch $15,000 to $20,000.Getty Images

“It was costing [her family] an limb and a limb and it was conscionable miserable to spot this worldly sat here. We each agreed, determination was conscionable truthful overmuch of it,” Parry said. “What is the constituent of having it successful the locker erstwhile it could marque wealth for the instauration and rise awareness? And bash an accumulation with it astatine the aforesaid time?”

In January 2020, the Grammy Museum launched “Beyond Black: The Style of Amy Winehouse” to showcase the items. Later this month, galore of the articles of covering volition beryllium moved to London’s Design Museum for “Amy: Beyond the Stage.” Buyers volition person their items aft the grounds closes.

Seeing the wardrobe connected show brought Parry “comfort.” After all, it was the London-based originative manager who helped crook Winehouse, with her signature beehive and retro flair, into a benignant icon.

“She wasn’t rockabilly adjacent though that’s however her look was manifesting,” said Parry, who brought a modern oculus to Winehouse’s trademark vintage look, dressing her successful modern designers.

“I streamlined it arsenic overmuch arsenic you tin with idiosyncratic who was arsenic inclined arsenic Amy to distress thing she was wearing.”

And Parry, who precocious released a publication astir her friend, “Amy Winehouse: Beyond Black,” said the exhibits and the auction person been cathartic.

“They’ve got rather a fewer hard memories,” she said. “I privation thing much affirmative to travel from them.”

See much items from the Amy Winehouse merchantability with Julien’s Auction: