Anna Dello Russo is selling her wardrobe, this is not a drill

16 January 2018
By Fashion Quarterly

Vogue Japan editor and street style aficionado Anna Dello Russo will be auctioning off her inimitable wardrobe during the opening night of Milan Fashion Week next February.

From what can be described as a curation of distinctive, idiosyncratic and an outright colossus of a fashion archive (renowned for having its own apartment FYI), Anna Dello Russo will contribute 30 complete looks – head-to-toe garments including accessories and shoes – to go under the hammer with a further 150 looks available to purchase via Net-a-Porter.

All profits are bound for a Swarovski fund benefiting fashion students at Central Saint Martins; and with prices starting as low as 50 euros, they won’t be the only ones benefiting from this once in a decade sale.

Dello Russo told that the sale will only play host to the important pieces.

“Clothes are only very important when they talk about modernity in a new way, as pieces of art and design.

“I want to involve young people…to show them this was Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga and it was everything. Or the heart piece from the last Hedi Slimane show at Saint Laurent. Or Yohji. And there are many others from Italy, of course,” says Dello Russo.

The sale will also feature entire looks, so far down as to include underwear, from memorable and personal moments in Anna Dello Russo’s life.

“[Such as] a complete look from Giorgio Armani in 1988 that I wore to my sister’s wedding: shoes, dress, shirt, underwear, everything.

“I think my Dolce & Gabbana archive is bigger than Domenico and Stefano’s own archive. A lot of that I can’t give away—I am keeping for myself—but a few of them, some of the most beautiful, I have put in the Christie’s auction. And there’s an amazing look by Gianni Versace too. I have always been obsessed with collecting Miuccia Prada. There are two Prada looks, including the chandelier dress (that’s very important) and one from Miu Miu. These are the iconic pieces. And I want to pass them on,” Dello Russo continues.

News of the sale hasn’t been as easy to palate for some; describing it as one of modern fashion’s greatest archives being pawned off “for peanuts”.

Other full looks include outfits by Tom Ford for Gucci, Jean-Paul Gaultier, McQueen, Margiela and Raf Simons for Jil Sander.

Words: Terri Dunn
Photos: Getty Images and Instagram

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