EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Beckham On Why She's Selling Off Her 600-Piece Wardrobe

20 August 2014 by

GALLERY>> VB shares her fashion memories with Grazia

Anna Sui Dress - 2000

Victoria recalls wearing it: ‘I was in Paris on my own – I think I’d been to some shows – and Mr Valentino invited me to his beautiful chateau for a dinner he was hosting with Donatella Versace. It was winter time and freezing cold. We got to his chateau, which is very, very impressive, and I got out of the car in the mist wearing these delicate little Manolo Blahniks and literally ran across the cobblestones, holding up my skirt. It was this real Carrie Bradshaw moment.’

Prada Minidress 1997

Victoria talked us through the Prada mini dress, which she wore in 1997. ‘That little Prada white dress is from SpiceWorld the movie!’ she explains, ‘It was the thing back then. I wore it in the scene when we were on Top of the Pops - I think we were singing Too Much and I was in that little dress with my brown bob.’

Roland Mouret Galaxy Dress - 2012

Victoria said: ‘I was wearing this Roland Mouret Galaxy dress in New York in a paparazzi shot.’

Alexander McQueen - 2009

Victoria said of the Alexander McQueen dress: ‘That dress was for a date night with David in Milan.’

Voyage top - 2001

Victoria told us: 'I wore this leather top when David and I went on the Ali G show for Comic Relief. David actually boight it for me.'

Maria Grachvogel - 2001

Victoria told us: "I can remember phoning my mum before I did that fashion show and saying, “Mum I’m really, really nervous.” She said, “Victoria, you’ve been walking since the age of one, you’ve got nothing to be nervous about. Shut up and get on with it!” So I did."

Green Vintage Dress - 2007

Victoria said: ‘I was in Paris for the weekend with Katie Holmes for the Chanel show and I wore this dress to meet Karl Lagerfeld. Katie and I had a fabulous weekend – it was just so much fun – and this dress always reminds me of it.’

Roberto Cavalli - 2003

Victoria said: ‘I wore this long Roberto Cavalli skirt to a party in Beverly Hills – all those long Cavalli skirts and dresses are great.’

Antonio Berardi Dress - 2008

First up was this black and white fine checked dress by Antonio Berardi which she wore back in 2008. Victoria says, ’I can so remember wearing this dress – I’d just had may hair cut short and I was out with David and Tom Cruise and we went to support Katie on Broadway in her play.'

Two weeks ago we brought you a very special announcement courtesy of Victoria Beckham. Brilliantly, the designer is selling 600 pieces of her fashion archive to shoppers on Net a Porter’s outlet site, TheOutnet.com with proceeds going to mothers2mothers, a charity which aims to eliminate the transmission of HIV and Aids between mothers and their unborn children. Get ready shoppers, the sale starts TODAY.

Earlier this year Victoria was invited by Anna to spend time in South Africa with some of the charity’s mentor mothers – women who are HIV or AIDS positive and have been trained by the charity to work one on one or in groups with pregnant women who may have contracted the disease – and in an exclusive interview with Grazia she explains how she became dedicated to supporting the effort.

Victoria Beckham Wardrobe Sale On The Outnet

David and Victoria Beckham at Wimbledon this summer [WireImage]

‘I was so touched by the people I met and how focused and empowered the mentor mothers were – literally I have never met such strong women in my entire life. The work they are doing is nothing short of absolutely remarkable,’ she explains.

VB on selling her Maria Grachvogel catwalk look

Unsurprisingly, Victoria focused her efforts in her closet. ‘Going through my wardrobe and my archive I found all these clothes – so many iconic pieces - that bring back such happy memories. I just felt a) I wanted to raise money and b) I wanted to share them,’ she remembers. From the Prada dress she wore in SpiceWorld to bags, scarves and costumes jewels, all will be sold either by auction or directly The Outnet, making these one off pieces – many of which have been tailored to Victoria’s body by the world’s most feted designers - available to fans around the world. 

Victoria on selling the dress she wore to meet Karl Lagerfeld

‘These clothes have been on some incredibly journeys – I’ve had so much fun in them and I want to share that and give other people the chance to have a piece of what I’ve been so incredibly fortunate to have,’ Victoria says.

So how did she decide which pieces to donate? In a scene reminiscent of Carrie’s closet clear-out in the Sex and the City movie, Victoria tells us she enlisted the help of her nearest and dearest. ‘My mum and my sister came over to mine and we sorted through the rails and packed up the boxes,’ she recalls. ‘My sister was so harsh. I’d be like, ‘Oooooh I can’t give this away,’ and she’d say, ‘Give me that. Put it in the box now…Harper is never going to want that!’ To be honest there are some pieces I’m sure Harper would love – I think I’ve donated the very best pieces - but there are a lot of other people out there who will really enjoy them.’

Victoria Beckham on The OUTNET

And how did it make her feel to look through all her old gladrags? ‘Well I’ve come a long way in fashion!’ she says flashing one of her perfect smiles. ‘When I went through the clothes I laughed and I cried with my mum and sister. My main point is that this is a celebration of the past, everything I’ve achieved and all the amazing people who have come on that journey with me. Its not just about the clothes - it’s a moment to say to the people behind the scenes, here’s to the future and let’s laugh at some of the past.’

HOW YOU CAN GET A PIECE OF VB

Over 600 pieces from VB's wardrobe will be on sale on THEOUTNET.COM from 20-25 August. There'll be something for everyone, from small accessories such as jewellery, hats, shoes and bags, to big-ticket pieces such as eveningwear. Every piece was reviewed by Christie's. To be in with a chance of snapping up a bit of fashion history, register at THEOUTNET.COM from 5 August. The majority of pieces will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be an auction of 10 of Victoria's most iconic looks. All proceeds from the sale will go to charity.

Shop the VB sale here


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