Iconic 60s fashion gets a new lease of life, thanks to a generous donation

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Published on: Wednesday 09 Mar 2022 at 16:00

A treasure trove of beautiful vintage clothing has been donated to the St Clare Hospice specialist shop, Scarlet Vintage and Retro. The items, dating back to the 1960s, had been stored in the attic by Pamela , a discerning collector with an eye for the beautiful and stylish, for both herself and her young daughter.

Ian , Pamela’s husband said, “Pamela had great style and very much enjoyed wearing elegant and exciting fashion. We met at university in the 1960s when we were both studying law Throughout her life she used her clothes carefully and looked after them, she hated getting rid of things, and so the clothes she no longer wore were lovingly packed away and went into our attic. Many have sat there for up to 50 years and included children’s clothing which belonged to our daughter.  Those were mostly purchased from a children’s store in South Woodford that specialised in French children’s wear. When Pamela died, I wanted to find somewhere that would be able to make use of all the beautiful items. I found the Scarlet Vintage and Retro shop in Harlow which was perfect.”

Amongst the amazing donations were dresses and outfits from the iconic Biba and Mary Quant fashion houses.

Scarlet V&R shop Manager Tracey Chippett said, “These donations are beautiful. They have so much style and panache and we are very grateful to Ian for bringing them in. As soon as they went on the shop floor there was massive interest. Our customers come from far and wide for genuinely vintage items, so there was lots of excitement around these amazing clothes. Every dress sold raises money for St Clare Hospice. Without donations of this quality, we could not continue our specialist nursing for local people. Please think about donating anything vintage or retro, so it can have a new lease of life and be seen, rather than sitting in a wardrobe or attic. Clothes like these deserve the light of day!

Ian added, “Even in her later years Pamela had an exciting personal style – a mix between Joan Collins and Biba!” Pamela was stylish to the end, as her family chose a black floaty Biba dress for her to be laid to rest in.

Find out how to donate: https://stclarehospice.org.uk/shops/harlow-vintage-retro/

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Pamela – far left – at her daughters wedding
Cleo – V&R volunteer with one of Pamela’s outfits
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Another of Pamela’s outfits that were donated to V&R
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Volunteer Cleo with a donated dress of Pamela’s


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Pamela in one of her favourite outfits
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