"You know all about "Brokeback Mountain." You've heard the jokes. And you've debated the strengths and weaknesses of the film and its performance in the Academy Awards. You've even discussed the cultural influence.
But there is one thing you may not know: the fashion effect.
For starters, it is now more acceptable to dress Western. Chambray shirts and worn denim once again score high. Whether it is a cowboy hat found in a Western store or full regalia borrowed from Ralph Lauren's ranch closet, it has incredible appeal.
But even more significant, the New York Times says some donated items from the film's wardrobe have turned up on charity auctions and brought in big money.
A pair of jackets worn by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger were offered at a New York gala for the Human Rights Campaign. They drew a remarkable $42,000. A pair of shirts that play a part in the plot got top-dollar on an eBay auction.
Maybe you couldn't swing $30,000-plus for the movie shirts. But look in your closet and check eBay for substitutes. It can't be that tough to be a cowboy."
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