From Rags To Riches

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Amber Butchart charts the journey of charity shop clothes to vintage mainstream fashion.

When are old clothes merely second hand and when are they vintage? Fashion historian Amber Butchart explores how our perception of cast off clothing has dramatically changed over the past hundred years.

In the first of two programmes, Amber visits shops, markets, museums and fashion houses in a quest to track how second hand clothes have gone from being simple hand-me-downs, only found in jumble sales and charity shops, to featuring in the pages of glossy fashion magazines and for sale at high prices in auction houses.

Producer: Phill Brown
An Alfi Media production for BBC Radio 4.

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Fashion historian Amber Butchart discovers what happens to the clothes we give to charity.

Fashion historian Amber Butchart discovers what happens to the clothes we give to charity shops. Some of them can end up travelling thousands of miles and affect people's lives in ways that goes well beyond raising money for worthy causes.

In the second and concluding episode, Amber travels to Senegal, via London and Yorkshire, to trace the process that our charity clothes go through and hears about the positive and negative impacts our donations are having globally.

Producer: Phill Brown
An Alfi Media production for BBC Radio 4.

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Fashion historian Amber Butchart discovers what happens to the clothes we give to charity.

Fashion historian Amber Butchart discovers what happens to the clothes we give to charity shops. Some of them can end up travelling thousands of miles and affect people's lives in ways that goes well beyond raising money for worthy causes.

In the second and concluding episode, Amber travels to Senegal, via London and Yorkshire, to trace the process that our charity clothes go through and hears about the positive and negative impacts our donations are having globally.

Producer: Phill Brown
An Alfi Media production for BBC Radio 4.