Uni form is an exploration into the act of getting dressed. The act of dressing or assemblage of
dress is negotiated and explores how personal identity is constructed. My design research
contributes to a current understanding of self, dress and social identity. I begin with an analysis
of wardrobe as a personal collection and I propose that, in our everyday dress, much of what
we choose to wear constitutes a uni form of one sort or another. Focusing on the shirt dress as
an ‘ordinary’ everyday style of generic dress, I set out to experience the wearing of a personal
uniform. What emerges from this research is a proposal that a uni form – a metaphoric garment
– can meet the needs of everyday life in the postmodern urban metropolis.