Victoria Beckham posted a shot today on Twitter, showing just how much she has packed up to donate to charity — specifically to support the Red Cross Shop Drop in aid of the Philippines.
The 39-year-old fashion designer kindly raided her closet to donate some of her designer threads, all in the name of charity. The items in the boxes include dresses, tops, suits, and shoes from labels including Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, and Roberto Cavalli. Victoria even got hubby David in on the act! From the couple’s matching Dickensian outfits worn at the Venice Film Festival in 2006 to David’s baseball caps — they are all being boxed up!
And she didn’t stop there. VB raided her shoe collection and has donated all of these beauties in the photo below (over 100 pairs!).
The collection is being delivered to the British Red Cross and will go on sale at their shop in Old Church Street, Chelsea, in the heart of London tomorrow. The Red Cross has asked people to drop clothes to any of its 330 stores in the UK — and they will turn the donations into cash to help those affected by the crisis.
The accompanying tweet to the photo of VB casually dressed, sitting on top of one of the packed boxes reads: “Proud to support @BritishRedCross #ShopDrop Donating clothes for #Haiyan survivors.”
The question is, how many other celebs do the same? Recently X-Files star Gillian Anderson tweeted about a site called Clothes Agency, where she donated her worn clothes with the proceeds going to the charity of her choice. And she’s not alone. Oscar winner Kate Winslet donated a stunning gown she wore to an awards event (replete with letter from her for authenticity), as did actresses Goldie Hawn, Liz Hurley, and Emma Thompson.
The site was set up by Countess Bathurst in 2004 with the idea that clothes should be recycled, both to be ethically aware and to raise money for charities. She calls it “fripping” — fundraising made hip!
When you think of all the bags, shoes, clothes, accessories and jewelry that A-listers must be given and encouraged to wear, do you ever stop and wonder what ever happened to it all? Do they keep their extensive walk-in wardrobes filled with clothes from yesteryear, or do they donate them to a better cause? What would you say to a rule that for every free piece of swag a celebrity gets, they have to give something else from their wardrobe to charity?
I admire Victoria for being so generous and taking the time to promote such a worthy cause. As someone who has donated all of my old clothes (although they’re never designer) to a local charity since I was a teenager, I always feel like I am doing a bit of good.
After all, there’s nothing better than paying it forward to those in greater need than you, so rock on VB!