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.
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.
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.
‘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.