Susie Cave knows how to make a dress. The designer that’s adored by Sienna Miller and championed by Alexa Chung may have started out making one-offs for friends but has grown her business The Vampire’s Wife into a bona fide fashion phenomenon. A touch retro and high on the glam stakes, the quintessential cut of her frocks is a certifiable icon - like the Roland Mouret ‘Galaxy’ or Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dresses it’s universally flattering. Since the model wife of singer Nick Cave is now garnering international attention she’s decided to refract the spotlight onto a needed cause.
The Vampire's Wife, The mothers2mothers Chitenge Dress, £495.00more
In collaboration with Africa-based NGO mothers2mothers, The Vampire’s Wife designed 17 cotton dresses to raise money and awareness for critical health issues and HIV. A donation of £300 from the sale of each £495 goes to the charity, which works to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
‘I am delighted to be working with mothers2mothers. m2m is a truly inspiring organisation, a charity that is making tremendous headway in the elimination of paediatric Aids in Africa. I lived in Malawi as a child, so it is a great thrill to be given the opportunity to make a dress in a fabric reminiscent of the wild vibrant wax printed Chitenge fabric of Malawi. I hope you like the mother2mothers Dress’ said Susie Cave, creative director of TVW.
Mothers2mother tackles the pressing need to secure a bright future of children whose family has been blighted by HIV. They offer training, employment and support for mothers living with the disease.
This collaborative dress launched online yesterday sold out within 24 hours but the work of m2m continues.