Manchester fashionistas asked to ‘rummage in their drawers’ to donate old clothes at Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

By Helen Le Caplain

Manchester fashion fans are being urged to rummage through their drawers and wardrobes ahead of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out tomorrow.

Kind-hearted fashionistas are being asked to donate unwanted clothes to support Dress for Success – a charity which aims to help women on low-incomes back into paid employment by providing them with suitable clothing and styling advice for interviews.

Collection points for donations will be dotted around high street stores including LK Bennett, Oasis, Simply Be and Long Tall Sally.

Dress for Success Manchester’s founder and CEO Anna-Louise Gilhooley said: “We’re delighted Vogue are supporting us as one of their charities at this year’s Fashion’s Night Out.

“Every day we help local unemployed women rebuild their confidence and wardrobe – it’s amazing how a change on the outside can make someone feel different inside.

“With their confidence restored, one in two of the women we help gets the job.

“We rely heavily on individuals and retailers to donate clothing so we can continue giving women confidence to succeed and thrive in work and in life.

“The number of fashion brands who have shown us support and will be donating clothes at Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out is overwhelming and a great reminder of the community spirit in Manchester.”

City centre retailers Jaeger and Ted Baker are also showing their support by donating products, alongside Mulberry which has offered to dress the charity’s volunteers for the evening.

Dress for Success was established in 1997 and operates in 90 cities across America and Europe. Since opening the doors to their Manchester boutique in May, the charity has helped around 100 women and expects to provide clothing, career development tools and a network of support to more than 1000 ladies a year.

For more information about Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out click here.

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