The Uniform Project is not just some brave girl’s fashion experiment, it is also a fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. All contributions will go toward funding uniforms and school expenses for slum children in India.
Sheena Matheiken started the project in May 2009. Promising to wear one dress for one year as “an exercise in sustainable fashion”.
“Here’s how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. 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 dress was designed by Eliza Starbuck, taking inspiration from one of Sheena’s “staple dresses”, they created a versatile dress that can be worn frontwards or back, can be left open, and is perfect for layering. The Uniform Project is on day 46, and each day the outfit will be uploaded so we can see just how creative you can be with a simple cotton dress.