What Would the Perfect Dress Look Like If 1,000 Women Created It Together?

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Credit (or blame) the recessional zeitgeist: It seems like everyone is hot on the heels of that one inspired piece of clothing with not only enough chameleon-like versatility to morph from one look to another, but also hangs flatteringly on poker-thin and zaftig figures alike.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Wrap Dress
New York designer Malcolm Harris' one-size-fits all One Dress--designed with the input of more than 1,000 women worldwide--is perhaps the first instance of complete fashion democracy, one that happens to be Angelina Jolie-approved. Over the course of 18 months, these women were invited to share their conception of the perfect dress (color, cut, neckline, silhouette) over online social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

Touched by Brangelina
On June 15, the One Dress was unveiled, a large circle-shape sheath that can be wrapped, draped, and tied in myriad figure-hugging ways. Made from 100 percent silk knit jersey, and available in black, cobalt, magenta, and white, the $225 dress has won the attention of one of Hollywood's most influential power brokers. Despite a couple of false starts--Harris hung up on Jolie twice thinking it was a prank--the actress-cum-humanitarian ordered three of his dresses. A portion of the profits, after all, would go to helping disenfranchised women in the Third World.

The first dress to go viral?
But the One Dress Project hasn't forgotten its Internet roots. Via its Web site, you can order the dress, share your interpretation of the perfect frock, form your own social networks, participate in discussions and focus groups, as well as organize fundraisers.

One Dress Project photo

Photo credit: One Dress
One Dress Project photo

Photo credit: One Dress
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