Buy My Dress

June 10, 2009

Daily Digest, Events

Buy My Dress

We are very excited to support the Buy My Dress charity dress sale event which is happening tomorrow. You can check out more photos of the dresses on the Facebook group.

Over 1,000 ‘used but much-loved’ high street and designer dresses, donated by Irish women of all ages, sizes and shapes, will be sold at “Buy My Dress” – Ireland’s largest, one-day, charity dress sale in aid of Down Syndrome Centre – which takes place in the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare St, Dublin 2 this Thursday 11th June from 10am – 9pm.

Down Syndrome Centre is asking women from all walks of life to choose a once-loved dress that’s been hanging in the wardrobe too long and donate it to “Buy My Dress”. The charity aims to collect over 1,000 dresses by encouraging women countrywide to open their wardrobes and ‘give a gúna’ for a great cause. The charity is hoping that 10% of all dresses will be donated by well-known Irish women and the names of those who provide their support in this way will be listed on their website at

Peter Mark are supporting the initiative by allowing members of the public to drop-off their dress donations to their salons in Bray, Newbridge, Naas, Navan and to any Peter Mark outlet in Dublin city and county. Alternatively, contact Down Syndrome Centre at 01 -661 8000 or email to arrange collection. At this stage, it’s probably too late to donate a dress but we hope to see you come along to the event and buy a dress instead.


Pictured here are some of the dresses and here is the background behind the donations:
1. Gold Karen Millen dress size 10. Donated to us by Evelyn O’Rourke, RTE presenter
2. The polka dot one dress (our favourite one because we know that the polka dot trend is big right now, read about it here) -came all the way from Western Australia, with note that read, From Australia to Ireland with love. And there was some fresh dried lavender in the envelope with it -someone went to a lot of trouble!
3. This dotty dress was donated to us by Margaret Conlon TD (from Monaghan) – The label inside just says SWING. I’m not sure if that is a make or instructions what to do when wearing it! It looks like a real fun dress that would be dress for dancing in.
4. The grey and white dress is from Amanda Brunker (Sunday World & Author). It is also Karen Millen -size 14. Amanda attached a card to it, and she wrote ‘ I’m afraid you ‘NEED’ a cleavage to wear this dress. So I hope that doesn’t narrow the bidders.’
5. Red Oasis dress. Size 12. Donated to a Peter Mark Salon

Other dresses include (but not pictured here)

6. This came through a friend of a friend and the story goes that she bought it in Rococo for close to €600 and never fitted into it. She lent it to a friend who wore it once -and now can’t stand the sight of it in her wardrobe anymore! It is a Charas dress. Size 10.
7. Grey layered Lipsy dress. Size 10. Also donated through a Peter Mark’s Salon.
8. River Island green party dress. Size 12. From an anonymous donator through Peter Mark.
9.  This black and white evening dress was dropped into Peter Marks in St Stephen’s green by Sarah Morrissey, an Irish Model.

What you will pay for a dress
The dresses will be sold on the day for no more than €50 for a dress that has already been worn. There will also be €30 and €20 rails. We have some brand new very nice dresses, including wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and 3 beautiful dresses from GANT. They will all be €100.


Where your money goes
An admission fee of €10 will be charged and stock levels will be replenished throughout the day. Everything must sell in the course of the day with the majority of dresses priced at €50 or less and doors will remain open until 9.00pm to accommodate late-night shoppers.

We are hoping to make approx €40,000 from Buy My Dress, which will go to support the funding of Ireland’s first Down Syndrome Liaision Nurse. She has recently taken up her new position and will soon be meeting parents of new born children with Down syndrome to offer them support, advice and guidence throughout their baby’s first year.

Next steps
As this is our first time out doing this event we weren’t planning on going ‘Nationwide’ with it – but todate the response that BMD has been generating has been huge – so we have already started making informal enquires into bringing it to Galway and Cork.

See you there tomorrow!

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