The Uniform Project

uniform project

While checking up on the progress of The Uniform Project a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation that is 80 days underway I was impressed by the range of styles Sheena Matheiken is pulling off. With only one dress for 365 days, she’s demonstrating how to get more mileage out of your clothing by styling it with layers, accessories, and a range of accoutrements.

There has been a lot of talk during the recent economic upheaval about how to refashion an old wardrobe, but the aim of this project is to raise funds for the education of children living in the slums of India. It also fits nicely within a framework  that promotes a more sustainable consciousness of the fabric and materials used in clothing today. Prolonging the lifespan of clothing is explored in depth in a great report by the University of Cambridge entitled Well Dressed. The report recommends a consumer change in mindset, some of which are reflected in The Uniform Project:

  • Buy second-hand clothing and textiles where possible
  • Buy fewer and more durable clothes
  • Choose clothes and textile products made with the lowest energy and toxic emissions, and based on good information on labour standards
  • Lease clothing that wouldn’t otherwise reach the end of its natural life
  • Wash clothes less often, at lower temperatures, use eco-detergents, hang-dry clothes and avoid ironing where possible
  • Repair clothes where possible to extend their natural lives
  • Dispose of garments through recycling businesses
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