What do Sharon Tate and Amy Winehouse have in common?
The fate of dying young, beautiful and famous and the theft of their wedding gown posthumously.
Sinister and Sorrowful Endings
The horrible Hollywood murder story of the stunning blonde bride of Roman Polanski has been treated in print and on screen. The last days of the soulful British singer have been documented in film, too.
Curse on the Dress?
Insult to injury: their wedding gowns were stolen under strange circumstances. Yet, can we speak of a curse on a stolen wedding gown? Unless the person who curses an object is known, this type of curse comes as a punishment for exploiting someone who is dead or vulnerable. The theft of a dead woman’s wedding gown sounds reprehensible. In the case of these two famous women, their pain would seem to continue through the theft. It may be primitive but disturbing the memory of the dead remains a delicate topic.
Curses, not just elaborate insults delivered, have power when you are superstitious. When my gown was stolen, an older woman of Egyptian origin tole me that the dress would be a curse to anyone who wore it. I wondered, though, what if the bride did not know the gown’s history?
In the case of famous brides, the wedding dress has a price tag. In fact, the minidress Sharon Tate wore when marrying Roman Polanski was scheduled to be auctioned. This makes one think that the thief or thieves may want money, possibly a challenge, but may be avid fan or fans. Charles Manson and his ‘family’ made sure that the beauty below never saw her unborn child. The sixties youthful innocence of this simple black and white photo becomes all the more poignant, given how life turned out for this ‘flowerchild’ bride.
ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT SOCIAL MEDIA Wednesday, September 7, 2011
This a blog for Sharon Tate’s family, friends and fans. It will be updated frequently. Please feel free to add comments. “She was a sensational person,” Debra Tate.!
Please be aware that someone out there has stolen Sharon’s wedding dress and mink stole from Debra Tate’s home. If anyone has ANY information please let us know so I can pass this along to the Official Board, Debra and the police. Debra would just like to get the items back. These items mean so much to her as you can understand why. Thank you in advance for any information you can deliver. Please no phony emails, only serious ones.
Note: In 2017 and again in 2019, social media have helped two American brides recover wedding gowns stolen from cars or apartments. Honour among thieves?
Diva and Diana
Remember the French cult classic film, Diva (1981)? No spoiler: A young fan slipped back stage and stole the singer’s costume. Was it a trophy, souvenir or fetish? He didn’t want to sell it to anyone.
A different saga is the wardrobe of the late Princess Diana. Her clothing was donated to raise money for her charities. Diana: Her Fashion Story, an exhibition of gowns and suits worn by the Princess, was opened at Kensington Palace in February 2017 as a tribute to mark the 20th anniversary of her death. The exhibition opened on 24 February displaying a collection of 25. Similar smaller shows have travelled to various cities outside the United Kingdom. Legal issues involving inheritance and foundations have not guaranteed the initial success of Diana’s wardrobe exhibit. Again, the posthumous value may be blurred and may blur the fine intentions of the original wearer or her family.
Amy Winehouse’s wedding dress was a short, white halter dress with red anchors that she wore to her wedding to Blake Fielder Civil in London (May 2007). Unfortunately, for most of their two-year marriage, Winehouse and Civil lived a life tormented by the paparazzi and drug addiction.
A spokesman for the Amy Winehouse Foundation spoke to Reuters and confirmed Winehouse’s home showed no evidence of a break-in. Instead, insiders believe someone with access to the home and garments stole the newsprint cocktail dress and the wedding dress as they had just been cataloged and stored in the days before the theft.
Amy’s father Mitch was devastated over the theft of the bridal gown. “It’s sickening that someone would steal something in the knowledge of its sentimental value.”