Raising awareness for an important cause
The Dressember organization asks advocates to wear a dress or tie every day during the month of December to bring awareness and collect donations to end sex trafficking. The proceeds help fund prevention, immediate response, and survivor support efforts by Dressember’s partners.
According to Dressember, dresses are their uniform; an opportunity to reclaim and reappropriate the dress as a symbol of power. Each year, participants share information and their fundraising efforts through personalized campaign pages and on social media. The dress or tie they wear every day serves as a conversation starter to educate their communities about human trafficking. This wrap dress was made by a company, Elegantees, that employs survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal at fair wages. The Dressember organization donated the dress specifically for the Museum’s exhibit Not Alone: Working Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking. When it has reached the end of its display period, Beth Carroll, one of Dressember’s top-earning fundraisers, will wear it during the next campaign.
If you need help or suspect human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. You can also text "Help" or "Info" to 233733 or email Report@PolarisProject.org.
Dressember Foundation and Beth Carroll, Austin
Clothing and Accessories
Time Period: 1971 - Present
Exhibit: Not Alone
This artifact is currently on view.