Last week, someone very close to me passed away following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. To say that it’s been a tough time is quite the understatement. At the moment I’m feeling a cocktail of tangential emotions that range from inevitable sadness to relief that he’s no longer suffering.
My experience, however, is unfortunately not unique. Quite a few of my friends and colleagues have similar stories. Many involve tales of remission, but more often than not, these anecdotes are littered with equally painful memories of terminal diagnoses, palliative care that caused loved ones to get sicker than they had been, and untimely death.
So, when I was given the opportunity to visit the Debut exhibition yesterday, I jumped at the chance. Curated by fashion designer Henry Holland (House of Holland) in association with Cancer Research UK, Debut is an auction themed around Fashion Firsts, all proceeds of which go towards ranging funds for eradicating gynaecological cancers.
The event is scheduled to be held on 24th March. And, if you’re into fashion and art, there’s lots of fantastic bits and pieces to bid on, including the first wedding dress Henry sent down the catwalk at his first collection, a Kate Moss pop art print, and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes that had once graced the feet of SJP. Plus, there’s a pop-up shop selling designer pieces – I love the silk Prada dress.