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Rising fashion designer Azede Jean-Pierre is collaborating with local Haitian business owners to design free uniforms for the country’s schools, the Cut reports. Jean-Pierre returned to Haiti, her home country, and met with several groups, including Artists for Peace and Justice, to organize the project.
Jean-Pierre will work with Haitian artists to produce the garments, which will arrive in 12 different schools in time for the 2017-2018 school year beginning this fall. “I am excited about the project. All education in Haiti is private, and I know firsthand how difficult it is for families to afford the tuition, let alone the additional necessities like books, transportation, and the uniforms,” she said to New York Magazine. “This project gives parents much-needed support, and it’s my hope that it will increase the efficiency of the traditional attire, as well as boost student self-esteem.”
Jean-Pierre is known for her structural designs, which have been worn by fashion icons like Michelle Obama and Solange Knowles in the past. See below: