Amy Winehouse dress wings its way to Santiago fashion district

 A dress worn by the late singer on her Back to Black album will soon be
on show at Museo de la Moda, the heart of upscale-style in Chile.

A black strapless dress worn by Princess Diana just after her engagement to Prince Charles. The red, hourglass gown that once graced the famous curves of Marilyn Monroe. John Lennon’s military jacket, worn in his photo shoot with LIFE magazine.

Santiago’s Museo de la Moda has never been short of star power, and fallen stars at that – a list of glittering names, tragically lost in the prime of life.

Now, it has another famous name to add to the list: the late singer Amy Winehouse, whose chiffon dress was bought by the Chilean fashion museum in November.

The Museo de la Moda won the white dress, made by Thai designer Disaya, for a bid of US$68,000 at an auction in London. Winehouse wore the dress on the cover of her most popular album, Back to Black.

Proceeds will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up by the musician’s father to help vulnerable young people struggling with addiction or poverty.

Visiting the Museo de la Moda

When The New York Times named Santiago as the number one place to visit in 2011, it highlighted the Museo de la Moda, calling it “perhaps the most remarkable cultural space to open in the last few years.”

And in the upscale Santiago district of Vitacura, the Museo de la Moda is one-of-a-kind, with its 10,000 piece collection housed in a striking Modernist mansion on Avenida Vitacura (Av. Vitacura 4562).

Couture once belonging to Elvis Presley, Elton John and Michael Jackson is on show alongside fashion exhibitions on Chilean history, sportswear, military uniforms and children’s toys.

Fashion and handicraft shopping in Vitacura

A trip to the museum is also the perfect chance for fashionistas to check out Santiago’s own “Rodeo Drive”, the nearby Avenida Alonso de Córdova, where international labels such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Armani and Hermes sit alongside high-end local and regional designers.

Once you’ve put away your credit card (or gotten tired of window shopping), head south along Alonso de Córdoba to Metro Manquehue, and from there, travel two stops east to Los Dominicos. There you’ll find the pretty Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, a historic Dominican monastery which has been converted into an arts and crafts center, with a huge range of classy handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories made by local designers.

At the end of a long day, take a seat at one of the shaded cafes in the Los Dominicos center and order a refreshing mote con huesillo and handmade empanada. You need to build up your strength before heading home with all those shopping bags.