Uniform Project

by Natalie Heather

Uniform Project was born in May 2009, when one girl pledged to wear a Little Black Dress for 365 days as an exercise in sustainable fashion. Designed to also be a fundraiser for the education of underprivileged children in India, the project acquired millions of visitors worldwide and raised over $100k for the cause. U.P then continued into Year 2 with a monthly series of select Pilots taking on the 1-Dress challenge for causes of their choice. Today, women around the world continue to take on the 1 Dress challenge and wear U.P LBDs as an expression of socially conscious fashion.”

I came across this cause while reading a post on The Adventures of Ernie Bufflo. I was immediately captivated and told my brother all about it and his only response was “Uh, cool?”. Thanks, bro.

You can see a video showing Sheena’s year long journey here. If you have five minutes, please just watch it. It’s very interesting, especially if you like seeing a kazillion different ways to wear the same piece. Also, if you can spare a few bucks, please donate to any of the available causes.

Or you can go through every day of her wardrobe yourself by clicking here.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Day 90. Wed, July 29 2009

Day 145. Tue, September 22 2009

Day 227. Sun, December 13 2009

“Sheena reinvented her uniform by accessorizing with vintage, handmade, reused, or donated pieces.”

You can buy your own little black dress here to support the cause. No, it is not mandatory to wear it for 365 days. You can also buy the pattern here, though everything seems to be sold out at the moment.

If you want to do the challenge yourself, here is a getting started guide.