NEW YORK: Keira Knightley has donated the Vera Wang gown she wore to this yearâ€™s Oscars to raise money for Oxfamâ€™s relief work in East Africa.
The burgundy silk-taffeta one-shoulder gown, which was custom-made for the 21-year-old actress, will be up for bid on the eBay auction Web site from April 21 to April 30.
â€œThis is such an amazing dress and I am really pleased to be able to donate it to Oxfam,â€ said Knightley, nominated for a best actress Oscar for Pride & Prejudice, in a statement on April 7. â€œI have seen the TV reports on the horrendous drought in East Africa and I know how desperate things have become, so I am happy to be able to do something to help.â€
Wang said sheâ€™s â€œthrilled this gown can support such an important causeâ€.
The dress will be displayed at her Manhattan flagship store from April 19 until the end of the auction. â€œKeira represents the essence of youth, intelligence and beauty,â€ Wang said in a statement. â€œShe is a young woman with a conscience.â€