NEW YORK - MAY 03: Model Elettra Wiedemann attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
It wasn't easy for model Elettra Wiedemann to part with the Marni gown she was wearing when she met Oprah, she confessed to Niteside at the bidding launch party of her charity at Christie's over the weekend.
"That was huge," said the co-founder of charity "One Frickin' Day" about her night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala this past Spring. "I met Oprah in my red Marni dress and she repeated my name back to me, which I thought was amazing.”
The statuesque brunette, a recent bio-med grad, was co-hosting the Friday evening cocktail launch party with fiancé James Marshall, who together founded the charity that asks the kind-hearted to commit a day to a cause. Nick Steele was the charming couple’s latest recruit, and had big-name models donate gowns worn, for well, “one frickin’ day” for an online auction titled "Model Behavior" that benefits health clinics in Rwanda and Haiti.
The full length, red floral jacquard gown (one of two dresses Wiedemann is donating) worth an estimated $2,200, will be bid on through the Dec. 7 deadline.
“It’s almost kind of a blur,” said the model about the “fabulous” night she wore the dress. “There were so many gorgeous people and so many gorgeous clothes. Lady Gaga sang there. I was never really a big fan of Lady Gaga, but now I am.”
Australian actress Melissa George, designer Francisco Costa and model Anja Rubik were a few of the esteemed guests that sipped wine in Christie’s spacious gallery. The bidding began on open laptops with images of a Valentino dress worn by Kate Moss, a Calvin Klein gown worn by Miranda Kerr, a fuchsia Versace worn by Cindy Crawford and other charitable consignments.
During the first weekend of bidding, a black, one-shoulder Louis Vuitton dress worn by Natalia Vodianova was leading with one bid at $5,000, as was a massage at the Trump Soho with four bids at $175.