Carey Mulligan donates BAFTA dress

Updated: May 12, 2010, 09:16 AM IST

London: Hollywood actress Carey Mulligan has donated to Oxfam charity her black and white gown, which she wore during BAFTA.

The dress, made for "An Education" star by French label Vionnet, was lauded by fashionistas during the award function.

It is to be displayed at a charity shop which will open for a week in the basement of London department store Selfridges, staffed by high-profile figures led by singer Annie Lennox. The bids will start at just 50 pounds, although fashion industry insiders suggest the dress could go for a far larger sum.

"I`m honoured to be able to donate my BAFTA dress to support Oxfam`s work helping women living in extreme poverty across the world," quoted Mulligan as saying.

James Servini, head of personal shopping at Selfridges, said: "Carey`s dress is a complete one-off that is never going to age. The dress has become so iconic in such a short time that it can only gain in value over the years.

"If Carey continues to prove her mettle as a leading actress and a modern fashion front-runner, that dress could easily smash the 10,000 barrier once it officially turns vintage in 10 years time."

The event begins May 14 and continues until May 20. The funds raised from the sale will go to Oxfam`s women`s projects across the world, including Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, West Africa and South Africa.