Victoria Beckham is having a serious wardrobe clearout. The designer has donated 600 pieces from her bursting closet to The Outnet to raise money for charity mothers2mothers. Each item was individually valued by Christie’s.
Mothers2mothers trains, employs and empowers mothers living with HIV in order to educate them on how to prevent the transmission of the disease to their children and improve the health of their families. Beckham met the founder of the charity, Dr Mitch Besser, during a trip to South Africa in February.
“After spending just a few days with these remarkable women and learning more about the charity from Mitch, and his lovely wife Annie Lennox, I wanted to do as much as I could,” said the 40-year-old. “It really was a life-changing experience; I’ve never experienced anything like it.”
Victoria Beckham with members of mothers2mothers.
Beckham enlisted the help of her mother and sister to delve into her extensive wardrobe and select the most iconic pieces from throughout her career – those that they thought would likely raise the most money for the charity – picking outfits worn during her early days with the Spice Girls, for her first dates with David, to prominent parties, awards shows or in catwalk appearances.
“I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe as the pieces hold so many happy memories for me, David and the children,” she added. “A lot of the clothes have been specially designed for me by the most talented designers and I’ve loved wearing them; however, I now feel it’s someone else’s turn to enjoy them.”
TheOutnet.com, sister site to Net-A-Porter.com, will be selling the items as part of a private online sale from 20 to 25 August. Interested customers should register online from today, 5 August. Ten of the most famous pieces (including the white Dolce & Gabbana dress worn to the 2003 MTV video music awards and the fluorescent-yellow Roberto Cavalli gown worn to the Beckhams’ World Cup party in 2006) will form part of a special reverse auction, which will see the starting price reduced by a fixed amount every five minutes.