A-Z Personal Uniforms: Third Decade


A-Z Personal Uniforms is one of Zittel’s longest standing experiments. She began the project in 1991 to liberate herself from the need to make choices about what to wear by voluntarily adhering to a set of constraints. Each uniform is worn exclusively throughout the season for which it is made. Zittel has produced three complete collections of uniforms grouped by the decade in which they were made and worn: 1991–2003, 2003–2013, and 2013–2023.

Zittel observes that while these garments are both beautiful and functional, “they also question our associations of freedom or personal liberation with the market demand for constant variety. The uniform project proposes that liberation may in fact be possible through the creation of a set of personal restrictions or limitations.”