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August 28 2014

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Dazed‘s Capsule Collection

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“What symbolizes your past 20 years in fashion?” The founders of Dazed & Confused asked themselves that question a lot in the past year as they prepared for the magazine’s slew of 20th anniversary celebrations, which included blow-out bashes, a commemorative book and exhibition, and 20 different cover shots by the mag’s co-founder Rankin. Now, Dazed & Confused has asked 34 of its longtime friends and collaborators, like Alber Elbaz, Vivenne Westwood, Sarah Burton, and Maison Martin Margiela, to consider the same question. The group’s answers make up a time capsule of sorts—although the items included in this one won’t be saved, but sold at an online auction to benefit Oxfam.

The haul includes everything from classic Gazelle trainers (Kate Moss) to a black obsidian cube (Gareth Pugh) to a white collar and black tie (from Karl Lagerfeld). Staffers and contributors like Tabitha Simmons, Karen Langley, and Gary Card donated memorabilia from early shoots and reminders of times gone by, while Donatella Versace looked even farther back—to the dawn of human civilization, really—with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted lighter. “The ability to make fire has always been a sign of human ingenuity,” she said. “This lighter is a portable fire-maker.” Christopher Kane, instead, chose to look to the future with his choice. “The Aqua Liquid bags from my A/W 11 collection are receiving a lot of attention—it will be interesting to see where they sit in 50 years’ time.”

Dazed & Confused‘s Time Capsule auction runs November 20 through 27 on eBay.

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