The Dressember Dress design process

As many of you know Im not only passionate about photography, but all things sustainable. The last 7 months I have been working with the ladies over at Elegantees in partnership with Dressember to design an ethically made dress. 


We wanted something minimal, simple and fairly timeless that every body type would fit well into. We wanted to use a high quality fabric that is sourced directly in Nepal. We wanted the dies to be as natural as possible and the production to leave as little waste as possible.


Because the dress was being totally sourced and made in Nepal we had a lot of back and forth on fabric qualities, color options and fits. Just before we started working on sourcing things, Nepal had a horrific earthquake. Thankfully the no one in the sewing center was affected however, we had to factor in new variables dealing with a country in crisis. 

 Eventually we landed on this simple 'sack' style dress with pockets and its comfortable fit.

Im so proud to say that the fabric, although not as heavy as I was originally envisioning is a 100% cotton, unique textured woven by Nepali natives. The men & women in the sewing center who normally work with a jersey were elated to sew with a locally sourced fabric. 

The men & women will be paid a fair wage and demand for this dress will potentially create even more jobs for more people wanting to work in the sewing center! 

This would have never been possible without the generous time and talent of Katie Martinez and all the ladies over at Elegantees! 

The dresses are available for Pre-Order and exclusively available only for the 2015 Dressember Campaign. 

Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who've been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.

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