February 21, 2000 12:05 AM   Subscribe

DianaDress.com is a site that lets you bid on one of Diana's dresses, cut up into millions of tiny pieces and sold off for charity. Although all the money is supposed to go to a good cause, it's a creepy way to raise money any way you look at it.
posted by mathowie (7 comments total)
What creeps me out is the way they do the math about saving lives. As if it's some kind of game.
posted by frog at 12:37 AM on February 21, 2000

Maybe one day she will run out of dresses.
posted by corpse at 5:14 AM on February 21, 2000

I can't believe the wave of Diana mania hasn't died down yet. At the time, Carl Steadman caused a stir with an account of a teddy bear, stolen from the tributes. I don't know whether it was true, but if not it was no doubt inspired by the story of a tourist who was taken to court for stealing a bear. They were freed on appeal, but on the way out of the court, punched in the face by a passer-by.
posted by mattw at 6:25 AM on February 21, 2000

I can see how it's kind of creepy - but what about auctioning off say, a guitar that belonged to Hendrix, or a musical manuscript written by John Lennon or samething?

As I say, I think it's creepy that all this Diana stuff is still going on, but there are loads of auctions of dead celebrity stuff, and they don't seem to get quite as much flak.
posted by tomcosgrave at 7:35 AM on February 21, 2000

Tom makes a good point. The selling of stuff owned by other dead celebrities never seems to bring as much attention as Princess Diana 'merchandise'. However, what I find odd is that they are cutting the dress into little pieces and selling it. It reminds me of when the Berlin Wall went down, and you could buy your own chunk of concrete. I say sell the dress, not pieces of the dress. After all, someone wouldn't smash Jimi Hedrix's guitar into pieces and sell it like that.... and is it just me, or is there something spooky about the girl's face on the front page of the site? cross-eyed maybe?
posted by howa2396 at 10:55 AM on February 21, 2000

As weird as it may seem, if selling pieces of someones damn dress helps charity - then great.

But I wonder if one of the charities might be an organization that helps disturbed people who collect pieces of peoples clothing.
posted by cmacleod at 5:18 PM on February 21, 2000

At least the pieces of the dress are cut up and not shredded, as if having been extracted out of a car wreck - just for instance...
posted by grant at 8:32 PM on February 21, 2000

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