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On May 1, 2009, Sheena Matheiken put on a black dress made by her friend Eliza Starbuck. Matheiken has since worn that same style—she has seven of these identical dresses—every day for 356 days as an exercise in sustainable fashion, what she's called The Uniform Project. The project has also served as a fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a charity benefiting education in India—to this day, Matheiken's raised $71,158 for the cause.
Glamour.com's "Slaves to Fashion" blogger Tracey Lomrantz caught up with Matheiken to find out how ditching varietal dressing has changed her worldview; has it made things easier?
The act of dressing up completely changed the way I dress. I don't give it too much thought anymore--I just throw something together and that's that, which is kind of nice. I'm personally curious about what I'll wear when this is over. I don't have any plans, I'll just figure something out come May 1. But I'm curious to see how it changes my personal style. Through the year, I've really sort of channeled so many characters and personalities through these dailies, its not necessarily me, so, I wonder what I'll put on when I don't have to do this anymore.Would you be able to wear the same thing every single day for one year?
· The Uniform Project [Official Site]
· One Girl, One Dress, 356 Days Later: Catching Up With "The Uniform Project" In Its Home Stretch [Glamour]