All Dressed Up is a not-for-profit project that gifts donated prom dresses to school students in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire that need them.

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How it works

About.

**Unfortunately due to Covid we are unable to run our pop-up prom dress shops in 2021. We’ll be back in 2022!**

No teenage girl should miss their school prom because they can’t afford a dress to wear.

All Dressed Up is a not-for-profit project that gifts donated prom dresses to school students in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire that need them.

To ensure the dresses reach those in most financial need; schools, social workers and youth services in Herts and Beds are contacted to identify and invite young people along to one of our pop-up shops (in Luton and Welwyn Garden City) where they can choose a prom dress free of charge.

Launched by Lara Davis in 2019, All Dressed Up is all about inclusion and sustainable fashion. We receive no funding, so we are very grateful to all our project partners and volunteers for their support.

Other ways to help.

No dresses to donate? No problem, you can still help!

In March 2020 we ran a pop-up shop at The Mall Luton. Unfortunately the second one, planned for The Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City was cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown and regrettably, school proms didn’t go ahead either.

We are grateful to the following individuals and companies for their support for our shop at The Mall and our planned shop at The Howard Centre.

Regrettably, we can’t run our pop-up shops in 2021 due to Covid. If you or your company can help support us for 2022 please get in touch.

How it works.

**Unfortunately due to Covid we are unable to run our pop-up prom dress shops in 2021. We’ll be back in 2022!**

  1. Clean, good condition, new or pre-loved dresses suitable for a school prom, evening bags and accessories are donated.
  2. Teachers, social workers and youth workers in Herts and Beds can request invites to our pop-up prom dress shops (held in March) for  Year 11 students that receive pupil premium by emailing lara.davis@alldressedup.org.uk. There is a limited number of invites available, so please check how many students want one before you make your request. Invites are first come, first served.
  3. Parents or carers of Year 11 students that receive pupil premium should speak to their child’s school and ask them to email lara.davis@alldressedup.org.uk to request an invite.
  4. Invites are passed on to young people confidentially by their school, social worker or youth worker. No names or contact details of young people invited are given to All Dressed Up.
  5. Every young person is asked to come to one of our pop-up shops with one adult – a relative, carer or friend over 18 years – and must bring their invite which they can exchange for a prom dress free of charge.
  6. There is a good selection of dresses (styles and sizes) to choose from, but there’s no guarantee that everyone will find a dress that’s suitable for them.
  7. Dresses can be kept or returned to us to put back into stock.

FAQs

We’re looking for dresses suitable for a school prom that are in good condition, clean and ready to wear. Dresses can be:

  • New or preloved
  • All sizes
  • Any colour (black is less popular)
  • Long or short

>> Where to donate your dresses

We need dresses suitable for a prom, evening bags and accessories (we can’t take shoes)

>> Where to donate your dresses

We’d love to receive some evening bags and other suitable accessories, but we can’t accept shoes.

>> Where to send your donations

If you don’t have dresses or accessories to donate there are plenty of other ways you could help. 

We contact heads of year 11 and family workers in secondary schools, social workers and youth services to ask them to identify and invite young people who would benefit from a prom dress from our pop-up shop and would like to come along. We can’t take self referrals and an invite will be needed to gain entry to the shop.

If you are a member of staff in any Herts or Beds secondary school, a health or social care professional or youth worker, you can request invites for students that receive pupil premium or low income by emailing lara,davis@alldressedup.org.uk from your work email with your contact name, quantity needed and postal address. Because there are limited invites available, please check with students that they want one before you make your request. This ensures no invites are wasted.

Our pop-up prom dress shops are invite only. If you are invited (via your school, social worker or youth worker) all details you need will be on your invite. Don’t forget to bring it with you to gain entry to the shop –  you’ll need it to exchange for a dress.

The range of dresses we have at our pop-up shops will depend on those we receive as donations, so we cannot guarantee that you will find something that suits you. We ask people to donate dresses in all styles, colours and sizes and there will be a good selection available.

All the dresses have been donated, so your dress is free of charge. After your prom, you can either keep your dress or send it back to us so that someone else can wear it to their prom.

Because we don’t hold a list of who has been invited to the pop-up shop, unfortunately you won’t be able to come in without your invite. You’ll also need to have your invite with you to exchange for your dress.

Because all the dresses are donated, you can keep it to wear again, pass it on to someone else or donate it back to us. You can post it to All Dressed Up c/o The Mall Luton, Mall Management, 37 The Mall, Luton LU1 2JL.

Contact.

If you have any questions about All Dressed Up, please email us or fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you.

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Thank you to our project partners