A dress fit for a Queen!

Posted by Luned Jones Media and Communications Officer, Wales

6th Jun 2012

As part of the Jubilee celebrations, Val Griffiths, Oxfam's Trading Area Manager who has worked with Oxfam for over 30 years received an invitation of a life time to celebrate her achievements at the Queen's Garden Party hosted at Buckingham Palace.  

Val was flabbergasted by her invitation and wanted to defy all expectations. Val decided not to hit the high street and spend a small fortune on a designer gown; instead she enlisted the help of Coleg Morgannwg fashion school to design her dress.  The outfit was made by students out of old clothes and vintage fabrics and Val joked that at least she wouldn't have to worry about anyone wearing the same outfit as her!

The invitation to the Queen's Garden Party came just as the Oxfam Boutique store in Cardiff celebrated their two year anniversary. The Boutique and Coleg Morgannwg had been working together on an upcycling project and Val was so impressed with the students she turned to them to design her acclaimed invitation outfit. This was no small task, but Val insisted the students at Coleg Morgannwg could design her a dress fit for the Queen!

Val said, "It did cross my mind to buy a nice new expensive dress, but recycling and reworking old clothes fits in with what we do as an organisation and also benefits the students.

"I gave them a brief, saying I wanted it to reflect the style of the 1950s to tie in with the Jubilee, be quirky and unique, and not above the knee.

"They created 17 different styles, of which I chose my favourite."

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Blog post written by Luned Jones

Media and Communications Officer, Wales

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