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Day 1. Year 2.

On May 1st 2010, at the stroke of midnight, with a festive atmosphere in full effect, surrounded by friends old and new, Sheena slipped into a new dress, albeit one that was reclaimed, recycled, renovated and refashioned from a familiar favorite. Much thanks to the lovely Aki Goto, for taking something old, and turning it into something new. Aki is having a show on May 6th at Toda Design Studio, NYC. We’ll be there! RSVP to sustainable.exchange@gmail.com.
Here is Sheena in the U.P LBD that you are now so familiar with, reinvented and customized with recycled scraps from all over. Thank you Aki. Hello new dress.


op-shop girl says:
i am doing a 100 day challenge to wear second hand clothing for the next 100 days.. i am at day 11 http://recycledrose.wordpress.com/
2010-07-11 04:13:27
a sort of anonymous but wise person says:
it is incredible the elegance and flair one can create using only one's own imagination
2010-06-28 11:12:46
noa says:
i cant wait for year 2!!!!!
2010-06-28 11:11:19
a sort of anonymous but wise person says:
it's incredible the elegance and flair one can create with one's own imagination
2010-06-28 11:10:38
Mixi says:
It would be awsome if you would update the blog with pictures of what you're wearing everyday. That way you would get more constant press and more people interested in the project and get more donations for the kids. I know thats the first thing I looked for was an update section of what you were wearing.
2010-06-23 07:03:48
Fashion + A Good Cause = Brilliant « AngryEgg says:
[...] Year Two started May 1, 2010 with a re-worked version of the original dress. This one will be a little more challenging but I am [...]
2010-06-02 12:14:54
KeriCDN says:
Great tenacity and perseverance lady, congratulations.
2010-05-30 21:03:16
Could You Wear 1 Dress for 365 Days? | Organize to Revitalize! says:
[...] P.S.  On May 1, 2010, Sheena Matheiken jumped into a *new* dress. [...]
2010-05-24 05:05:02
Dee B. says:
I love the fact that this is for a worthy cause and that you have your own sense of fashion identity. You're a rockstar! Keep it up :)
2010-05-19 08:14:25
Stephanie says:
Sheena, Love your innovative, altruistic spirit!--and love your outfits, including the latest aki goto--definitely don't agree with the criticisms--the white fabric on the bottom is fabulously deconstructed and would be too predictable otherwise--also the leggings which are cut out for your feet are perfect for this outfit! The world needs more people like you and aki!
2010-05-18 23:08:48
scooter says:
What a fantastic project. Your jewelry and shoes are an inspiration. I want the black dress. Where can we get the black dress?
2010-05-18 22:08:58
Tess says:
This was exactly what I needed. I'm so tired of political squabbling and so depressed by the calls for support from dying non-profits. It's a wonderful idea and she's to be applauded.
2010-05-18 19:01:41
Brandi says:
I think this was a great idea and it has truly inspired me! I recently told a friend I was bored with my closet and now Im challenging myself to try this for a month. I hope I am as talented as you are with some of your outfit choices!
2010-05-18 18:01:31
Tanuja Donavally says:
Sheena: You inspire me, I am planning to do something like this for a school in my village. I am pondering upon creative ideas to start fund raising. You did an awesome job in year1. I wish you and your group all the best for year2.
2010-05-18 17:41:58
Nancy Kendall says:
I'm 63 years old and I think you are a beautiful young woman with terrific designs and a wonderful project! I wish you great success in your future projects.
2010-05-18 16:02:24
Em Jae says:
You are amazing! Congrats on the end to a year-long project that inspired others in such a wide variety of ways.
2010-05-18 15:45:41
Amanda says:
Great cause, fun & worthwhile project, BUT this dress is one of the most hideous I have ever seen. This isn't "art," wearable or otherwise!
2010-05-18 15:28:24
Longleggs says:
I happened upon this and thought that this is such a wonderful and inspirational way to raise money and reinvent a piece of art day after day!
2010-05-18 14:53:06
Karen says:
Great project, commend the purpose but wouldn't be caught dead in this!
2010-05-18 12:37:19
Candice Prizer says:
What a great idea- I think you should have outside people help you accessorize...
2010-05-18 12:11:11
paula says:
All outfits worn by Aki Goto were wearable art. Love her! Love the shoes too!
2010-05-18 11:41:05
Tom says:
Congrats on the year. Lots of fun to watch.
2010-05-18 11:29:04
How to wear one dress for 365 days - SYSVOLT Technologies – www.sysvolt.com says:
[...] See Matheiken’s outfit on Day 1, Year 2 [...]
2010-05-18 11:25:23
Changing the world with one outfit - SYSVOLT Technologies – www.sysvolt.com says:
[...] See Matheiken’s outfit on Day 1, Year 2 [...]
2010-05-18 09:46:00
Jennifer says:
You inspire me :)
2010-05-16 16:37:53
Dana´s Fashion Blog Mode Blog Vorbilder aus dem Netz says:
[...] Sie und ihre Crew gönnen sich nun eine kurze Pause und wir dürfen uns auf das Jahr 2 mit Sheena freuen. Und was Sheena am 1. Mai 2010, den ersten Tag nach ihrem Projekt trug, sieht ihr hier. [...]
2010-05-15 10:18:48
Truly Sustainable « Swift Design Studio says:
[...] The Uniform Project is doing it all over again in hopes of raising even more money. Check out Sheena’s new dress and then watch the video the project put together to showcase the entire first year. I think we can [...]
2010-05-12 17:53:30
Coreen says:
Sheena you and the U.P. Crew are awesome! Though I have popped in to peek on the project over the past year, the video summary was tops! You are beautiful inside and out!
2010-05-12 13:25:49
Martijn says:
Hey, congrats on completing the wonderful project. I found out about it a little late, but actually putting this effort and creativity into a charity project is why it has been so succesful! Keep amazing and compelling like that, be it positive or negative and I'm sure year two will be a succes too!
2010-05-07 04:52:47
L says:
I like it all but the silk-rag-thing on her hem and the way that the leggings/tights end--it cuts her feet up! Thanks Sheena, for all of your help this past year!! Sincerely, L (short for La Frenchi)
2010-05-07 02:07:32
Linda says:
I quite like the top part, but the diaper-looking part peeking out of the hem is a little too bizarre. She is a deft seamstress, but I'm not sure about this particular design... I have surely enjoyed this past year, and I look forward to what you will be doing next, Sheena! Thanks for UP!
2010-05-06 14:08:20
yobe says:
Well, I admire your achievement over the last year, in particular in raising so much money for those children who now have a better chance in life. But.....I'm slightly disappointed your MayDay dress wasn't more inspired/inspiring, its easy to be look good when you've got so many natural advantages - slim, young, attractive etc. You'd look good in a paper bag - please don't take that as a challenge! I'm in black dresses day in day out for my work, but paper bags I couldn't get away with. Good luck with the rest of your career - just stay grounded, its been fun watching you!
2010-05-06 13:48:45
ruby says:
love this! i think i envy it a little more than in its original incarnation...
2010-05-06 08:56:09
Canadian Jenny says:
Delightful!! Absolutely delightful! Bravo fashionista! Cheers to your dedication and your big beautiful heart. The world needs more people just like you. Hope to see more from you soon! Love from Canada!
2010-05-04 15:58:02
MetroGypsy says:
Looking fwd to a new year-this past one was so full of wonderful enterprise, I'm curious to see how it translates to the new pieces!
2010-05-04 13:11:22
Ann Marie says:
I agree with MJ...I know it would take you and Eliza so much time and effort but do try to make it available. You should be so proud of how you have changed the world and captured the hearts, minds, and pocket-books (I know how you hate them too!) of people all over the world...and this girl close to home in Brooklyn Heights. Wherever your dreams take you, I know you will find happiness waiting. And we will be waiting for you....CONGRATS Sheena!
2010-05-03 22:53:52
Amy says:
Nice shoulders -- haven't seen those before! :) Congrats on your successful year!
2010-05-03 22:04:46
Kim S says:
Raising money for a good cause was an inspiration in taking the little black dress into new directions of sustainable fashion. Congratulations on a fabulous year of fundraising for Akanksha and sharing your creative talents. Best to you and Eliza as you move in new directions! And as I remember your first video I must ask, "Is it ready yet?"
2010-05-03 17:30:49
MackeyBlue says:
I love it! I would wear it. It reminds me of the Pretty in Pink prom dress transformation only better. And I am so glad that when I went to your page something came up too!
2010-05-03 17:01:32
Janette says:
THANK YOU for all you've done, Sheena! For styling inspiration. For promoting the awesomeness of a less-is-more mentality. And especially for the 220 kids you've sent to school! You are amazing. Can't wait to see what comes next!
2010-05-03 16:42:46
S says:
I'm visiting your website for the first time and was very impressed while looking at the designs from Year 1, even extremely bummed I discovered this site too late for me to actually buy any.. But now seeing this one, I get confused.. If you compare it to the designs from Year 1, this one looks, apart from not being cohesive, less mature, less creative and less inspired. That being said, I look forward to seeing what else will pop up.. And I must say: you've got a GREAT concept going on here. Best of luck!
2010-05-03 15:16:00
Die Farbe Ev » Blog Archiv » Das kleine Schwarze! says:
[...] Das 1 Jahr ist herum! Ich warte gespannt auf die angekündigte Fortsetzung! [...]
2010-05-03 15:09:44
MJ says:
PLEASE make the dress available for purchase again! Now that you've shown such versatility and creativity, I'm sure others want to purchase it and spread the word. This would help fund the effort for years to come!
2010-05-03 12:47:44
gail says:
2010-05-03 10:04:51
iuiu says:
I waited every day for each of the U.P. outfits, and as the first of May approached, I couldn't help saying wow! But this thing... is a bit of a disappointment, it lacks style and looks like a scrap dress, nothing more... sorry
2010-05-03 09:26:42
Eliza says:
Very cool that you refashioned one of the LBD's. I love that dress. So creative and feminine. I'll miss my daily dose of Uniform Project! But the accessories I bought will help the inspiration live on.... thanks Sheena!!!
2010-05-03 08:59:44
Emma says:
I think that this was a little bit of a let downnn.....
2010-05-03 08:01:03
A says:
Congrats, Team U.P. So very exciting! Keep'm coming...
2010-05-02 23:28:43
Wendie says:
Very unique. I'm on the fence about the front bodice, but love the rest, esp the open back - that's something I'd wear! You look so happy & refreshed & free. I'm glad you got to celebrate with your friends - I'm sure you have many surrounding you to love & support you, besides all of us who are loving & supporting you virtually!
2010-05-02 18:22:01
Ebony says:
Very cute! And being a refashioned LBD, very nice touch :)
2010-05-02 18:03:42
Nadege says:
It's a good thing your gorgeous! I expected something like a pair of jeans and an american apparel tank with a cool necklace and hot footwear. However, that said: KUDOS to you Sheena, for proving that one person can make a difference, and that if you show passion and courage others will lend a helping hand. Blessings to you, Sheena!
2010-05-02 17:51:13
Austen says:
Yay! Great way to kick off the new year. The U.P. is very inspirational and never lets me down.
2010-05-02 17:11:22
noa says:
ok, for all you people who didn't like this outfit, you are wrong. so wrong. this is an amazing dress! after the lbd has been reinvented for an entire year, it has managed to be reinvented yet again, which only an extremely creative mind could do... great job, aki, great job, u.p team! enjoy your break!
2010-05-02 15:45:02
che says:
2010-05-02 15:13:25
Butterflygirl says:
Hey Sheena! Put the Uniform Project book up on Amazon and I'll buy it!
2010-05-02 14:12:32
LeilaA says:
Good God!!! This is one of the ugliest outfits I have ever seen - and you will wear THAT for one year?!?!?
2010-05-02 12:57:47
gruvee says:
So glad to see you again!! Lovely. You look liberated too.
2010-05-02 10:24:59
dayglozoo says:
Beautiful! Glad to see you! Keep flying, Sheena. We love you!
2010-05-02 08:24:50
Tina says:
You certainly can't wear this one backwards....I'm not thrilled with the new look. It's only day one, but still something about the orange holey stuff.... it just doesn't do it for me....
2010-05-02 07:58:19
k8 says:
I've followed your journey with great admiration & delight, however I must be honest.... this dress just doesn't measure up... that slap-on tattered hem? Where is the craftsmanship? The design sense? Please stick to your own amazing instincts, Sheena!
2010-05-02 00:25:06
ashton says:
I love it! You must be so happy to get to show your shoulders again!
2010-05-02 00:11:17
whatwhat says:
that's ugly
2010-05-02 00:10:21
16fromsydney says:
you have shoulders!
2010-05-01 23:59:03
Tori says:
I think that this dress is totally sweet. I can't wait to see what's next for UP
2010-05-01 23:50:51
Jessa says:
This is gorgeous. So delicate and wispy, a perfect way to start May! Beautiful work, Aki, and to you too, Sheena, for tying it all together - definitely my favorite of anything you've ever worn. I'm excited for what UP will accomplish next, and I can't wait to further show support this upcoming year!
2010-05-01 23:44:25
ina says:
abs. love this outfit....glad to see that the style doesn't stop because the project does. when you next go to see the kids, send them love from their fans...
2010-05-01 22:00:03
holly says:
so sexy, you look so happy. how funny that the first comment from susan was one of feeling let down! after pic 4 i'm expecting to see you take off and fly
2010-05-01 21:28:34
Farmer Beth says:
Yay! Thanks for giving all us old-time UPers a Mayday fix. This looks a little like one of my weird creations that I always end up saying--"Too weird. I'll never wear it." But as always you make it looks vibrant and stylish. Maybe I'll get brave too.
2010-05-01 21:08:38
Ronia says:
Love this look - feminine fabric (ruffles, eyelets, etc.) with edge.
2010-05-01 20:57:41
Payal says:
When I clicked on the UP tab in my favourites this morning, I had no idea what to expect. And the last of all things I'd ever imagine is to see you in the good ol' uniform again! It's sexy and gorgeous! You and the team have a great, great time off! Please keep us updated on the Akanksha kids :) Have you closed the funds box at 219 kids? You guys should be very proud. You've made quite an impact! Big love!
2010-05-01 20:57:18
christine says:
love it! so glad you shared or we would all be dying of curiosity. once again, both you and this dress have no boundaries when it comes to creativity.
2010-05-01 20:56:27
annie says:
Oh Sheena...you've gone from one kind of butterfly to the next! I love the reinvention, especially the nipped waist and tattered hem. Amazing! Thanks for taking the time to post this...and enjoy your much deserved break from the daily grind of posting your outfit :). H
2010-05-01 20:37:40
mm says:
ok. Second, I guess. Curses on Susan for beating me. As for Susan's critique of this new offering? Whatever. Opinions are like...
2010-05-01 19:18:43
RogueTess says:
Hooray for continuing the creativity!
2010-05-01 18:52:36
Inspiration « Oakland Etsuko says:
[...] by oaklandetsuko on May 1, 2010 · Leave a Comment  The Uniform Project is what inspired MCM and I to forgo shopping for a [...]
2010-05-01 18:41:10
ettagirl says:
lovely! liberty personified. happy mayday!
2010-05-01 18:37:15
Mara says:
Adorable! The year of following outfits was amazing. I'll miss it.
2010-05-01 18:34:31
Bee says:
ps: i envy your tights collection very much.
2010-05-01 18:33:58
Bee says:
So cute and feminine. And sexy too, I'd never seen you show this much skin! But you have beautiful, glowing skin so flaunt it girl. So this is still the original LBD? Aki did a great job in turning it into something completely different. <3 <3
2010-05-01 18:32:54
mm says:
First. Year 2.
2010-05-01 18:30:07
Susan Upson says:
Kind of a letdown after all the great fashion we've seen in the past. Ugh.
2010-05-01 18:29:15