Right. A lot of people I know IRL and my family read my blog. I’m going to whack a disclaimer on this video: Mum, Gloria, Brian – you’re going to absolutely hate and be offended by this, haha. Probably best if you don’t click play.

Everyone else… well. I cried little tears of joy watching Gisela Ramirez‘s fashion show in full this morning. It is everything I wish all fashion was about: fun, not giving a shit, camaraderie. Big Bum Jumble’s fashion show last year had a similar vibe, but because this is an independent designer with her own collection it feels so special.

All of the clothes (apart from Kelli Jean Drinkwater’s incredible skirt) are available from the website in sizes 14 – 28 (AUS sizing). There’s 50% off at the moment, too! If I wasn’t dirt poor I’d have one of everything, in every colour.


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My beautiful friend Diana (who was interviewed here earlier in the year) has recently set up a new photographic studio, and needed test shoot models. So I took the longest bus in the world and posed like a loon for her. The gorgeous Kat also had a shoot the day before, hopefully she’ll post her pics soon.

Here are the results – as you can see, our current plus size models have nothing to fear from me!

All photos are copyright The Second Floor Studio and Fashion Loves Photos.

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Outfit info:

Dress: ASOS Curve – it’s currently retailing at almost £40, but I was lucky enough to find one in the Big Bum Jumble sale for a quid!
Leopard Print Faux-fur Coat: Another BBJ find
Shrug: Yours Clothing
Sequin Bow Headband: Primark
Boots: Evans (they have since departed to that


It’s been one of those days where I want to wear something bright and eyecatching!

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Pink & Black arrow print dress: reworked vintage by SALAD
Sequin & Metal belt: Yours Clothing
Boots: Schuh
Heart Print sunnies: From a stall at Offset festival

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This was my first purchase at the Big Bum Jumble the other week from one of the lovely concession stalls. I went on to wear it on the catwalk actually! I’m so in love with it. There is nothing I enjoy more than prints and sickening cerise. I figured I’d go even sillier and team it with my blingbling belt and ridiculous boots (which are purple, by the way – was trying to get the colour of the dress right). Really wish I was going to Ubop this week as I reckon it’d be the perfect place to wear this!

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I’m so, so busy at the moment what with job hunting being an almost full-time job itself, and trying to finish off some other writing projects, but hopefully I’ll be able to show you my fave bits from NYFW eventually – Reem Acra and Marc by Marc Jacobs are my current highlights.


The Big Bum Jumble took place on Saturday and was a massive success. It was so much fun, an amazing atmosphere and so many incredible clothes! I’m still on a bit of a comedown from it. Well done Kay, Bill, and everyone who helped them organise such an amazing event for us London fatties!

My friend Diana took gorgeous photos of the event including all the beautiful jumblers, and I believe most will be appearing on the BBJ blog very soon. But I just had to share pictures of the catwalk show featuring donated clothes and myself, Kat, Amy and Charlotte as models!

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The show was styled by the lovely John from Pigeons and Peacocks, and all photos are copyrighted by Diana Thompson @ Fashion Loves Photos.

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Bring on the next one!


Big Bum Jumble clothes sortI hope I’ve not bored you with talk of the forthcoming Big Bum Jumble (less than two weeks to go!) but if I have, well tough, because here’s another blog post about it!

As it’s drawing ever closer, this Sunday a few of us bandied together at Kay‘s house help sort and divide the clothes donated so far and settle on pricing. It was so much fun and really lovely to meet everyone – I was initially pretty star struck by everyone because they’ve all done and continue to do such inspirational and amazing work for fat, feminist and queer acceptance and activism, but they’re all so damned nice to boot.

I brought a suitcase full of clothes as donations – a lot of it was commandered by John for the fashion show or the ‘special rail’ for fancier clothes! The set up will be:

A “denim bar” especially for jeans – and believe me, there are lots! All are £4
A stall for high end, label or band t-shirts. All are £5
The aforementioned Special Rail for quality or on trend stuff. All individually priced

All other clothes will be sorted by size: Under 18, 18-20, 22-24, 26-28, 30+ and everything is £1. I’ll repeat that: everything is a pound! We all figured that way it’s easier for everyone. There will also be a rough divide in measurements and X-XXXXLs, but you may still have to search about. But it is a jumble sale, after all – can’t make it too easy!

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So many clothes! 18 through to 24 were the most popular sizes, but there are still bags and bags of higher sized stuff.

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Sampling some of the accessories while sorting

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Kay trying on a corset I donated! It’s back to front and the wrong way up though, oops.

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John showcasing a cut off tee saying “ELVIS SURF”

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Jackie modelling a potentially culturally appropriated kaftan

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Me trying on a spangly top from the fashion bags

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…And a Dynasty style homemade number

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Making up labels for the special rail items. Team work in action!

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Ruth showcasing a lovely floor length dress

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A tree clothes-rail. How’s that for ethical?

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The adorable little Special Rail tags

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Charlotte modelling the ‘mad art teacher’ jacket we all loved

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…And an Etam top I donated. F-I-E-R-C-E.

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My vest-necklace caused a bit of confusion. Here’s Kay modelling it as a spangly beard. Ruth also thought it was a thong.

But the absolute best find of the day… BEHOLD: TOTALLY F’N CRAZY ‘AUTUMNAL FOREST’ PRINT JOGGERS:

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Unfortunately John just looks like a painter and decorator in this photo. But they have to be seen to be believed. They’ll probably be going on the catwalk, too!

For those of you wanting to come to the Jumble, here are the details:

When
Saturday 14 August 2010
12-5pm

Where
Stratford Circus
Theatre Square
London E15 1BX
UK

There is a Facebook event here, so please RSVP! Also donations and volunteers are still welcomed, so if you have anything that would help then get in touch by emailing bigbumjumble@gmail.com.

I’M SO EXCITED! Comment if you’re going to come along! x


The awesome Charlotte and Kay of the forthcoming Big Bum Jumble have interviewed me for their blog here, if you’d like to check it out!

You can also see my interview with Kay here. I can’t wait for the jumble, it’s going to be an incredible event. Here are some more details from the press release:

The Big Bum Jumble
Saturday 14 August 2010, 12-5pm
Stratford Circus
Theatre Square
London E15 1BX
www.stratford-circus.com

Contact:
Kay Hyatt 07882 117167
bigbumjumble@gmail.com
www.bigbumjumble.blogspot.com

The Big Bum Jumble, where Fatshion in the UK takes an ethical turn

The Big Bum Jumble is landmark fatshion event selling low-cost second-hand and vintage clothes in sizes XL+. It will take place on 14 August 2010 in London’s East End, and will comprise a traditional jumble sale, a catwalk show and other activities, as well as the chance to participate in a film of the event.

Kay Hyatt, its principle organiser, is a fat activist who often struggles to find clothes to fit. Knowing that other people were in the same position, she decided to do something about it after attending a similar event in the US. Kay explains: “I was impressed by the celebratory atmosphere, the friendliness, the sense of community and, of course, the excellent fashion. It was like jumping into a giant dressing-up box. I wanted to bring that feeling home.

Kay says: “Fashion can be creative and playful, it can help you feel really good about yourself. I think this should be available to everyone regardless of size or background.” She adds: “Although The Big Bum Jumble is a sale, it’s also anti-consumerist, all about reusing and recycling, and it has a DIY-culture ethic of making something out of the resources available to you.”

“The situation is improving but, unless you can afford the high-end stuff, plus-sized fashion is often limited to poor quality, overpriced and ethically-dubious products sold by companies who see fat people as self-hating, desperate consumers. We deserve better.”