Tara Subkoff

Best wishes to Tara Subkoff for a speedy recovery. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Stringer, Getty Images

Sad, sad news -- 36-year-old fashion designer Tara Subkoff will be undergoing major brain surgery later this summer to remove a tumor. As reported by New York magazine, although the tumor is benign, if not removed it will be fatal in about two years.

Subkoff's edgy fashion line Imitation of Christ -- started with Matthew Demhave and trendsetter-pal Chloë Sevigny in 2000 -- pushed the industry in new directions with the launch of a reconstructed collection made completely of existing clothing.

Editors took notice and a new fashion darling was born. (They were green before it was trendy.)

Tara could need up to a year to recover from the surgery, during which time she will be unable to work. To help cover the enormous cost of the complex surgery, lengthy recovery care and the cost of running the business, friends have planned a silent auction art benefit for July 15.

If you would like to donate artwork or a monetary contribution to the benefit, please contact staff@artproductionfund.org. Checks can be made payable to NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) and sent to:

Art Production Fund
299 W. Houston Street
New York NY 10014

Our thoughts are with you, Tara!