Monday, October 12, 2009

The Uniform Project

A student at UWO turned me on to this website, called The Uniform Project. Begun in May 2009 by friends Sheena Matheiken and Eliza Starbuck, it was created both as an experience in sustainable fashion, and as a fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement which is revolutionizing education in India. The idea was that Sheena would wear one dress for one year--the dress was designed by Eliza Starbuck, and she made seven identical dresses that would become Sheena's main item of clothing for 365 days. The dress itself is a miracle of versatility and can be worn as a dress, tunic, top or jacket. The best part of her outfit is how she accessorizes it--scarves, hats, socks, gloves, collars, etc., most of it thrifted or gifted. I am astonished at the variety of looks she has been able to achieve in the last 6 months with this one dress, and it truly is a testament to creativity and resourcefulness. Donations to the Akanksha Foundation can be made through the website, and you can see Sheena's outfit of the day. The next time you look in your closet and say that you have nothing to wear, take a look at Sheena's website for bit of inspiration.

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