The Clothes Show Live

Oxfam DIY stall
Over the weekend, I worked at The Clothes Show Live for Oxfam DIY. Oxfam are a charity I’ve volunteered with on and off for over five years now, but this was my first venture to The Clothes Show. My role was to teach people simple DIY projects to upcycle garments, like making a mobile phone holder from an old tie or a headband from a cashmere jumper.
The Clothes Show itself is mind-boggling huge, with hundreds and hundreds of stalls, fashion shows and make up filling exhibition halls in the NEC, Birmingham. Being a fan of vintage clothing, it’s not really my thing. But I’m not a teenage girl with a wallet-full of tenners to drop on sparkly eyeliner and a fast fashion frock for a Christmas party. I did see a celebrity, though. Austin Drage. You know? Austin Drage. He was on The X Factor a few years ago. Brown hair? No? Oh well.

A dress I customised for a customer. She asked me to make it look like the dress Emma Watson wore to the Harry Potter premiere recently, so I added chiffon at the bottom. Do you like it?

Here’s Michaela, a fellow volunteer. She has a wicked sense of style, and here she’s wearing a vintage romper she bought from Oxfam.

Customised dress
This is Cy, who works for Oxfam in Huddersfield. His sense of style is equally wicked. Those trousers? I love ’em.