One Girls, One Dress, One Year – The Uniform Project

10 Jun

Sheena and the basic black dress.

I really admire people who want to make a difference in the world and have the guts and courage to try and make that change happen. I’m always inspired by stories like this. Starting in May 2009 one girl pledged to wear one dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. She had 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day she dressed up the dress with different layers, jewelry, vintage, handmade and 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 was inspired by a girl who was schooled in India where uniforms were a mandate in most public school. She says:

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.

The Uniform Project was a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. The project has recently ended and all the contributions have been donated to Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for children living in Indian slums.

After 365 days of wearing the same dress, Sheena raised $95,258. Which ultimately helped put 264 kids in school. That’s almost 1 kid per day. Can you imagine how great our world would be if we all put this much effort into making a difference?


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