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Time-limited luxuries

A chance to bid for a piece of fashion history – in support of Cancer Research

Time-limited luxuries

March 20 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

A brand-new date has been added to London’s fashion calendar. Debut is a charity benefit that will raise funds for Cancer Research and which is supported by an impressive list of fashion luminaries including Paul Smith, Lulu Kennedy and Colin McDowell. With Agyness Deyn as DJ and designer Henry Holland overseeing proceedings, the event makes its first annual appearance on March 24 at One Mayfair.

It is set to be a very British affair, and the night’s Fashion Through the Ages exhibition will feature previously unseen photographs, sketches and clothes from the likes of David Downton, Stephen Jones, Mary Quant and Rankin. An accompanying British Fashion Firsts auction will give attendees a chance to bag their own piece of fashion history, with lots ranging from a specially designed Christopher Kane bandage dress, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, a fashion illustration from Giles Deacon, a silk-screen Kate Moss print artwork by the artist Simon Claridge, and a signed limited-edition enlarged Mary Quant Royal Mail stamp (pictured).

As March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the event aims to raise funds for and awareness of gynaecological cancers. Currently in the UK alone, of the 50 women a day who are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer, 20 will die from the disease.

For those who can’t make it to Debut on the night, a preview exhibition will be open at One Mayfair on March 22 and 23.