Style: Sheena Mathieken’s Uniform Project

June 18, 2009


Back in the summer of ’08 we interviewed filmmaker Kahlil Joseph about Uniform 2008, a joint collaboration between the bureau of social research and fashion designer Built by Wendy. Joseph approached Wendy Mullin to design three different outfits to be worn everyday for six months–one for himself, one for NY-based artist Adia Millett and another SF-based Michelle Blade–with the aim of documenting changes in participant behavior. Sheena Mathieken set herself a very similar sartorial challenge at the beginning of this month, but takes slightly more artistic license with her Uniform Project. When it comes reinventing the LBD she'll be wearing for the next 365 days Mathieken is pretty intense with her layering, and the 17 looks posted on her website so far make us wish there were cut-out dolls like this to play with when we were kids. More than just flexing her styling powers though, Mathieken is using the project to raise money for the Akanksha Foundation, and proceeds will go towards school expenses and uniforms for slum children in India.

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Style: Sheena Mathieken’s Uniform Project