Remember that post I did about creativity and the guy who made these amazing stands and holders with spoons and forks? Well, it’s time to do another such post, because I just read about another person whose creativity is just awe-inspiring! Fashion philanthropist and the woman behind the remarkable Uniform Project, Sheena Matheiken sure knows how to make a difference, the different way!
I’m generally the last to know things, so if you’ve heard about her, I apologize, but it was just too good to not share with those who haven’t! So, about a year ago (May 2009), Sheena decided to wear the same dress, every day, for a whole year! What’s the point, you ask? It was an exercise in sustainable fashion; she wanted to show the world that you don’t need to buy new things all the time to be fashionable. To prove this, Sheena wore the same dress in 365 different ways, over the span of one year. She layered, she accessorized (some donated and others from vintage stores and flea markets!) as well as wore the dress both ways, front and back, and as an open tunic. Oh and she didn’t wear the “same” dress for 365 days; that would just be gross! She had 7 identical dresses to get her through the week:D Take a look at some of my favorite looks!
She’s so spunky, I totally need to hang out with her!:P I especially love this project because I feel that in a world where we are constantly being photographed, thanks to Facebook, blogging etc, we always feel pressurized to wear new things because “Oh, we’ve already been photographed in that before!” If you’re in denial go take another look at yours and your friends’ Facebook albums. There are hardly any instances of women repeating clothes. And I’m going to digress from the subject here a little bit, but there are hardly any instances of natural photos, either. Most are photoshopped! Have we all become pseudo-celebrities, what with our one-time outfits and unnatural pictures? Something to think about!
Anyway, coming back to Sheena, through her innovative and quirky sense of style, she also raised funds for The Akanksha Foundation. By the end of the year she had raised around $95,000 and helped cover the educational expense of around 264 kids living in Indian slums. We love her, don’t we?
And for those of you who are wondering about the fate of the dress — it was given a completely new avatar using recycled materials after the year came to an end.
Tell me what you think!