British breast cancer fundraiser gives away all her clothes to wear fancy dress for a year

Jul 29, 2014, 06:36 IST | Agencies

Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Mr Motivator: she’ll be them all

Eve Hazelton, 28, quite literally fancied a change and has given away all her clothes in order to slip into a different costume each morning, in aid of a breast cancer charity.

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Twenty-two days into her 365-day challenge, Hazelton has already dressed as a cavewoman, a pirate, Robin Hood, Wonder Woman, Princess Fiona from Shrek and Mr Motivator.

“It’s going to be an interesting year. Everyone’s been so supportive of what I’m doing but I do get some really strange looks when I pop to the shop for milk or I’m working out as Mr Motivator,” said the photography director from Devon.

“I’ve had a few meetings with clients when they don’t know what to say when I walk in — people are often very British about it and will simply say nothing and carry on.”

During the coming year the fancy dress fundraiser will transform herself into a gorilla, a banana, a giant Rubik’s Cube and has even vowed to attend a friend’s wedding in vintage 1950s gear.

The madcap idea was dreamt up after Hazelton saw her best friend lose her mother to breast cancer. Before the challenge she emptied her entire wardrobe into bin bags and donated it all to a Red Cross charity shop.

She said: “I wanted to do something for the charity after I worked on an event for them... I’ve got around 190 costumes in my house ready for me so far but I’m running out of storage space. I decide what to wear based on the weather and how I’m feeling — most of the time it’s spur of the moment.”

Staff from fancy dress firm Smiffys were so impressed with her gesture they offered to supply her with all 365 outfits. “One of the outfits I’m most looking forward to would be the Honey Monster outfit — I’m waiting for a nice cold day where I can snuggle up in that,” she added.

“I’m going to my friend’s wedding in August and will be dressed in a 1950s outfit with their initials embroidered into a skirt.

Hazleton continued: “I’m also going to France next month and planning to dress as a sailor on the ferry across.” The nerves kicked in when Ms Hazelton realised she would have to go shopping, socialise, go to the gym and even see clients in costume. But she’s so determined to keep to her brief she sleeps in a romper suit and bonnet and goes to the beach in a red Baywatch swimsuit.

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