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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Uniform Project

We don't post much by way of fashion here, but I came across the Uniform Project today and love the idea - Sheena Matheiken has pledged to wear the same dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. I'm really impressed with her creativity - and inspired to stop complaining that I have nothing in my closet. From the website:
Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade's boudoir.

The Uniform Project is also a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of the year, all contributions will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for children living in Indian slums.

I was raised and schooled in India where uniforms were a mandate in most public schools. Despite the imposed conformity, kids always found a way to bend the rules and flaunt a little personality. Boys rolled up their sleeves, wore over-sized swatches, and hiked up their pants to show off their high-tops. Girls obsessed over bangles, bindis and bad hairdos. Peaking through the sea of uniforms were the idiosyncrasies of teen style and individual flare. I now want to put the same rules to test again, only this time I'm trading in the catholic school fervor for an eBay addiction and relocating the school walls to this wonderful place called the internet.


  1. Cool idea but she says she's wearing 7 identical dresses and there are clearly 2 different styles - theerfore not identical. One with buttons down the front and one with two pleats.

  2. It is actually the same dress - it was designed so that it could be worn backwards or forwards (pleats or buttons)...you can read about it in the about section...


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