Redress the Balance is a fabulous new dressing up concept that uses clothes donated to us that are unsuitable for people seeking safety for a pop-up dress-up shop that raises money instead!
It is a perfect addition to any festival. So far we have done El Sueno, Continuum, Fire in the Mountain and the Repair and Share Fair and raised over £1,500.
It works a bit like a library: Those in search of a new look for the weekend pay a nominal fee to become a member of the clothes library for the duration of an event.
A cosy boho-chic marquee is bursting at the seams with a range of clothes, new looks and styles that can be borrowed for the weekend. In-house stylists, full length mirrors, ambient music and (ideally) a welcome cocktail to help people get in the mood to find a new look.
From bohemian, to chic, chavvy to sassy, vintage to flat brim fashionista, our eclectic stylists draw on the personality of the individual, combined with what clothes we have in stock to create spectacular new styles.
Once someone becomes a member, you can come in and change as many times as you want over the weekend and if you really like it – the clothes can be purchased.
A significant percentage of clothes donated to us and to groups in Calais are totally unsuitable for refugees: sequined jackets, vintage coats, short skirts, frills, lace, laden with glamour and glitz.
Redress the Balance collects unwanted donations and provides a fun and entertaining environment for people to participate in. At the same time the project raises money that goes straight back into helping people who are seeking safety.