Callout for creative crafters and catwalk stars at ReFashion Oxford 2016

Published: Monday, 7th December 2015

Oxford City Council is on the lookout for local people to provide stalls, workshops and fashion shows at next year’s ReFashion Oxford.

ReFashion Oxford will take place between 12pm and 6pm on Thursday 10 March 2016 in the Main Hall of Oxford Town Hall. Entry is free of charge.

The 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.

It will feature student fashion shows of upcycled and secondhand clothing, 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.

One of the many highlights is the free clothes swap – known as swishing. People who bring along any items of unwanted clothing can swap them free of charge for items that are new to them.

Businesses, charities, schools and community groups will take part to highlight the problem of disposable fashion. The event is organised by Oxford City Council and will be hosted by Work Experience Rich from JackFM.

Next year will be the fifth ReFashion Oxford and, since its launch, more than 3,000 people have visited and more than 1.5 tonnes of clothing has been donated.

The City Council is looking for people to help run workshops on the day, offer styling or upcycling tips or sell recycled clothing, crafts and gifts. Schools that would like to take part in the catwalk show are also welcome to get in touch.

Councillor John Tanner, Oxford City Council Executive Board Member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “ReFashion Oxford is a really fun event. Every year it brings hundreds of people together to swap and donate clothes, learn about upcycling textiles or get their clothes mended.

“Charity shops will take clean old clothes in good condition but Redbridge Recycling Centre takes even poor quality, ripped or soiled textiles. It saves the taxpayer money and helps the environment to reuse or recycle clothes instead of sending them to the incinerator.”

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