Suzie & Bev created Frock Up Friday in response to the Covid-19 lockdown on March 23rd 2020. This was to be a small private Facebook group of friends invited to dress up and have a chat and share their pictures, very quickly the group exploded into a community of more than14,000 members that stretches worldwide, with members from Australia, Israel, Spain and America to name a few with the vast majority living in the UK. This has been a huge, sparkling, mental health support group and has been called "the kindest place on the internet".
The Frock Up Friday community shares the values of having zero negativity in the group; of being non judgemental; being freethinking; having positive attitudes toward body confidence, gender, age, styles, and complete disregard to social constructs that over time has created an environment that has allowed members' self confidence to bloom beyond recognition - in being praised for being themselves lives have been transformed.
We would like to share our ethos of being more FUF with the world - being more Freethinking, Unique and Fabulous by inviting people to join us for a festival! We would like to bring together the Frock Up Friday community who have supported each other through this awful time, and we would like to provide a much need boost to the hospitality trade and entertainment for our town that has been kept at bay for a long time. We are extremely happy and proud to be the first event to be held at St Mary's in the Castle Hastings, a grand and historic venue.
We have plans to have a Fashion show on Friday the 3rd of September, a procession on Saturday the 4th of September with bands on the Stade and then a ball in the evening at St Marys In The Castle. There will be events all over the town with various shops, bars and cafes who sponsored the book, which we managed to publish in 2020, getting involved. Our crowdfunding will help to pay for the tremendous St Marys venue and kick start its new lease of life after covid. We need a big space for big ballgowns and we believe we got the very best place.
Profits from our Frock Up Friday book and from an auction of Paloma Faith dresses at the Fashion Show will be going to MIND.
Please join us and help us have a BALL