ReFashion Oxford marks fifth birthday with biggest event yet

Published: Monday, 29th February 2016

Oxford City Council’s award-winning event ReFashion Oxford is set to be the biggest yet with 15 new stalls and six local schools and colleges taking to the catwalk.

Oxfam is one of the organisations joining ReFashion for the first time this year and will be showing off vintage clothing on the catwalk and selling second-hand bargains on the day.

This year also sees the very first Real Nappy catwalk show in ReFashion – or perhaps even Oxfordshire – history, with mums and their little ones on the catwalk demonstrating that it is never too early to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Our award-winning event aims to show people the vast number of ways that textiles can be recycled and prove the point that no unloved clothes need ever go to waste.

One of the most popular elements of the event is the free clothes swap – known as the ‘Swish’ – where people who bring along any items of unwanted clothing can swap them free of charge for items that are new to them.

This year is the fifth ReFashion Oxford and, since its launch, more than 3,000 people have attended and more than 1.5 tonnes of clothing have been donated.

Visitors to the free ReFashion event can also enjoy a host of student fashion shows, vintage and second hand clothing sales, upcycled crafts, on-the-spot mending and alterations, hands-on workshops and demonstrations of how to style up your wardrobe.

ReFashion is part of Oxford Fashion Week and demonstrates that second-hand and upcycled is chic and is here to stay.

Councillor John Tanner, Oxford City Council Executive Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “ReFashion gives unwanted clothes a second chance by offering people innovative and stylish ways to upcycle, mend or swap their garments.”

ReFashion Oxford will take place between 12pm and 6pm on Thursday 10 March in the Main Hall of Oxford Town Hall. Entry is free of charge. The event is organised by Oxford City Council and will be hosted by Work Experience Rich from JackFM.

For more information about ReFashion Oxford, please visit the ReFashion Facebook page or the ReFashion website.