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Top model Stella Tennant, designer Bella Freud, Oxfam Ambassador Paloma Faith, music stars Emeli Sandé and Una Healy and actor and broadcaster Lily Cole are all confirmed to walk in a stunning Oxfam fashion show.
Fashion Fighting Poverty, a ticketed event, will be staged during London Fashion Week, on Monday 18 February, at 19.00.
Bay Garnett, stylist, editor and consultant, is famous for her flair with vintage and second-hand clothes. She will be styling the show in Oxfam fashion.
Bay was one of the first fashion editors to pair couture creations with accessible charity shop treasures in shoots for Vogue.
Credited with pioneering ‘thrifting’, she and Kira Jolliffe founded the anti-fashion magazines Cheap Date and Fanpages, and co-authored the book The Cheap Date Guide To Style. Bay is currently Fashion Director at Large of ES Magazine.
All the models in Fashion Fights Poverty will showcase Oxfam clothes, which Bay selected from the Oxfam Online Shop and Oxfam high street shops.
‘I’m styling this show for a very simple reason. I love clothes, and the opportunity to work with them in a way that can actually help people is so exciting. I get a lot of pleasure from knowing that. I love second-hand clothes, and I love Oxfam’s commitment to fighting poverty. This collaboration is a no-brainer for me.’
Stylist, editor and consultant
With the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee reporting imminently on fast fashion and the wider fashion industry, interest in sustainable fashion has never been higher.
If you need new clothes, charity shops offer one of the most sustainable ways to buy them. You’ll help to slow down fast fashion by giving clothes a second chance, and will prevent them going to landfill.
‘Oxfam is a fabulous wardrobe of opportunity. And I don’t like waste!’
As well as helping to give clothes a new home, Oxfam collaborates with big brands to recycle and reuse stock and has joined forces with fashion houses to improve conditions in their supply chains. The charity also fights to improve garment workers’ rights and campaigns on climate change.
Fashion that transforms lives
‘The clothes in Oxfam shops really do transform lives’, explains Fee Gilfeather, Oxfam’s sustainable fashion expert. ‘A £10 dress can provide clean water for 10 people in an emergency.’
One dress sold at Oxfam could raise enough money to provide a woman in Bangladesh with a safe bathing cubicle, while a coat could help train two farmers in Rwanda to better cope with extreme weather conditions.
Last year, Oxfam shops raised almost £19 million for its work fighting poverty around the world.
The charity’s recycling hub, Wastesaver, saves more than 12,000 tonnes of clothing from going into landfill every year.
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