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Make Do and Mend (with Oxfam)

Oxfam Chelsea invites you to “Make Do And Mend”, an all day event being held at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 28th November.

Inspired by the WW2 campaign, this event is taking the “credit crunch” head on an offering visitors an alternative way to get their fashion fix. A selection of many fantastic Oxfam pieces will be strutted up the catwalk and then auctioned off.

Expect a fun filled day with a whole host of stalls selling everything from vintage accessories to wedding dresses, as well as the “Customisation Corner” where visitors can take pieces to be customised, swap shops, an exhibition area, and live bands and DJs.

And, to top it off we have a fabulous catwalk show created from pieces kindly donated and all available for you to get your hands on in our super auction to follow.

But there is, of course, a very serious point to all of this fun and frolics. Due to the current poor economy, The Chelsea Oxfam feel as though it’s more crucial now than ever that people start taking notice of charities, who are even more in need at this time. This is a fantastic chance for you to get involved see what we do, what we believe in and how we plan to achieve our goals: How to be Humankind.

We hope that the event will raise awareness of the fashion world and how our culture engorges on disposable fashion. Long gone are the days when you would save up in order to afford a piece of good quality clothing. Now, it’s so much easier to pop into a high street discount store and purchase a cheap knock off version in exchange for a couple of pounds. And, the result is: people constantly buying and throwing away every time a new trend jumps into the spotlight.

‘Make Do and Mend’ is all about breathing life into old existing garments. Whether it be swapping them with a friend (it will feel brand new to you), cutting up an old pair of jeans you haven’t dug out the back of your wardrobe, or purchasing a garment from a charity shop – where your money will be going to a worth cause.

For more information on the event (where you can get tickets etc), ideas on how to “Make Do and Mend” and much more, make sure you keep coming back to this page, where we will be posting regularly!

Saturday 28th November, St Mary’s Church, Marylebone

Doors open:
Catwalk show:
Live Music 8.30 –

** If you would like to get involved, and to volunteer your services, for this event then we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Philippa Hall (philippa_hall[at] or Carys Rolley (carysrolley[at] **


Oxfam is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 202918) and Scotland (SCO 039042).
Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International

(Take from information on Facebook Event)

By Second World War Posters

Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest.

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