When Julia Fox appeared on the cover of ES Magazine for our fashion issue in September last year, she did so wearing a bespoke ‘flesh and blood dress’, created by east London-based non-binary designer LeMÁine.
The brains behind the brand, Lena M Áine is an experimental artist influenced by their love of graphic horror - they’ve even created their own ‘imitation flesh’ textile. The result? Julia Fox looking like some sort of Morticia Addams-ified, blood-sucking mermaid on our cover, styled by Briana Andalore and photographed by Richie Shazam.
However, after flood damage to LeMÁine’s east London studio, the designer has been forced to put the dress up for auction in order to raise funds and continue production. They wrote in an Instagram post last night: ‘I am auctioning this dress I made for Julia Fox to help raise a little bit of money for my brand after flooding in my studio impacted my work and temporarily halted my production.”
“Bidding is starting at £500 (as that is roughly the starting price for my dresses) and all bids should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be updating any bids received on my Instagram stories. I am by no means expecting any amount of money from this, however in the unlikely case that a large bid is made I’ll be making a donation to NSPA and Mermaids. The measurements of the dress are: 27inch waist with a lace up ‘corset’ style fastening, length roughly 54inches from shoulder strap to hem, the base mesh fabric is in a light nude and my signature textile is latex based.”
The post is gaining attention after Julia Fox herself reshared it, with bids already coming in and the price slowly rising. Bidding ends at midnight (London time) on Saturday - so set your reminders now.