Markets in everything — who buys this stuff?

by on February 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm in Economics, The Arts | Permalink

They do:

Like many women who buy runway styles, Ms. Berkowitz wears much of what she buys to charity galas. She gets multiple wearings out of her gowns, including a red Zac Posen one-shoulder gown and a silvery Marc Jacobs dress with a dark-brown sash. She carefully keeps track of which she has worn where and rotates them from season to season.

Christine Chiu wears most items only once. The 28-year-old, who is married to the founder of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, goes to events every night of the week–often making multiple wardrobe changes in a single night.

"If you're going to a gala for some kind of disease and then you go to a hip art event, you can't wear the same thing," Ms. Chiu says.

I loved this article, recommended.

bluto February 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

When looking at the pictures all I could think of was Bonfire of the Vanities social x-rays.

Mike February 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

Channeling Robin Hanson: Charity galas are not about charity.

Ron Potato February 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Are these the same people who want to jail you if you don't send enough money for the USG charity tax?

Dan Weber February 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

How much can you claim for donating a $74,000 dress to charity?

dearieme February 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Is it their own money they're spending? If so what business is it of mine?

Fred February 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Meanwhile another flag draped coffin returns home, out of sight, out of mind. Died for duty and as convicted felon Tom Delay so poignantly said "The most important thing in time of war is tax cuts." Thank god Barak Obama pushed another extension and kept hedge funds unregulated. The terrorists will never beat us now.

Dan February 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I'm glad to see that charity galas are involved. With all that money sloshing around for fancy clothes, parties, and various kinds of showing off, it's nice to see that at least some of the dollars find their way to something worthwhile.

anon February 17, 2011 at 4:59 am

Hahahaha.

Dearieme nails this one.

What the article really highlights is what a tabloid the WSJ is turning into.

And it is hard to belive no one has yet commented on the connection to Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.

http://www.beverlyhillsplasticsurgery.com/

"Cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction are top the list of some of the more popular procedures performed. Plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim has been in practice since 1999 serving the Burbank, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California area. He has performed several 1000 plastic surgery procedures, making renowned Dr. Kim extremely experienced. Dr. Kim in Beverly Hills is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. You can visit their website at http://www.abms.org to see certifications of many prospective surgeons and Dr. Kim too.

Dr. Kim has won numerous awards at a young age for artistic talent. It is this talent that allows him to give you the best results possible. Please view examples of sketches by Dr. Kim."

Hahahahaha. SEO, SEO, SEO.

Probably raised by a Tiger mother….

Lou February 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

zz, so you're telling us this article is not about this article? Isn't that obvious? Could you imagine a newspaper headline that read "Article Published in Today's Newspaper"?

Roy February 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Ms. Chiu, is also a walking advertisement for her husbands business, so it might be a rational economic decision for her. This is pretty common in my experience with the wives of very expensive plastic surgeons.

That it is creepy doesn't mean it doesn't work.

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