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The Uniform Project: Sheena Matheiken Wears One Dress For an Entire Year

One Dress, One Year, One Child's Education

I'm a sucker for charitable causes with an artistic flair, and The Uniform Project is particularly adorable. Sheena Matheiken (pictured) has vowed to wear the same dress every day for a year with the goal of sending an underprivileged Indian child to school for a year.

It's actually seven versions of the same dress, one for each day of the week; I'm assuming this is for cleanliness's sake. Each day, Matheiken posts a Cindy Sherman-esque photo of what she's wearing and drops a dollar in her virtual tip jar. After a year, she'll donate it to the Akanksha Foundation, which raises money for uniforms and other school expenses for children in Indian slums. Meanwhile, you can rate her ensembles as batty, brave, hot, cute, or "try harder."

The whole thing is pretty brave, if you ask me. To see what Matheiken has to say about her endeavor,


The project was partly inspired by Matheiken's own childhood in India, spent wearing countless school uniforms and trying to suit them to her own style. But this time, she's also trying to be eco-conscious:

"Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accoutrements, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies."

By the end of the year, the Uniform Project tip jar will have enough money to send one child to school for a year. But you can also donate to the cause to add even more. Since a majority of you said you would go naked for a few hours a day to save the earth, would you wear the same dress for 365 days to send a kid to school?

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