Tuesday, June 9, 2009

uniform? what uniform?


Thanks to the wonderful world of twitter (and to my always well-informed sis), I learned about a wonderful fund-raising project called The Uniform Project. The founder of this exercise pledged to wear one dress for one year (yes, only one!) in a sustainable manner in an effort to raise money for the Akansha Foundation, a grassroots nonprofit based in Mumbai devoted to bringing education to children from the slums. As explained on the website, this is how it works: "There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day [she] 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". Having grown up in Hong Kong where uniforms are mandatory in most grade and high schools, I could empathize with the urge and excitement to break the rules and stand out from the uniformity. To wear the same dress every day past the Catholic school years takes a lot of courage, but to wear it and spice it up like it's a new dress each time is a grand creative challenge. Not to mention that it's for a good cause.

A creative and sustainable fashion project with a huge heart. Click here to donate and show your support.

Images: The Uniform Project

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