Inspiration

The Uniform Project is what inspired MCM and I to forgo shopping for a year.

The basics:

The Idea

Starting May 2009, I have pledged 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 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.

Today is the first day in over a year in which she gets to wear something other than her uniform and I love that it is still her LBD, just refashioned and reformed. I can’t wait to see what the U.P. does next.

Post Update: The U.P. has put together a fun video of the year of the uniform.

Uniform Project Picture Book

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