Moore undergrads fashion school uniforms for disadvantaged students in South Africa

Mike DeNardo
August 16, 2018 - 4:16 pm
Moore College of Art and Design students sew school uniforms for kids in South Africa.

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sewing machines are always abuzz in adjunct faculty member Rose Kampert's classroom at the Moore College of Art and Design.

"When you're a fashion student, you're only making one or two of the same thing. And if you're making two, it's to perfect the first one," explained Kampert.

So when a friend of Kampert's who teaches in South Africa told her of children there attending school in worn, uncomfortable polyester uniforms, Kampert had an idea: Her students should manufacture cotton uniforms using donated materials, and in the process, they'd learn about producing garments in quantities.  

Moore senior Ashleen Castillo was attaching sleeves and collars to sun-yellow shirts on Thursday.

"You learn how to see the industry in a different way," she said.

The Moore students are assembling 168 uniforms in all. As she worked, Castillo thought of how she was helping the kids at the Mboniselo Primary School in South Africa who will wear them.

"It comes from your heart, so it's very significant."

The first bundle of uniforms will be delivered Sunday.