|Product / Service||FASHION|
|Entrant||OGILVY TAIWAN Taipei City, TAIWAN|
|Idea Creation||OGILVY TAIWAN Taipei City, TAIWAN|
|Idea Creation 2||OGILVY HONG KONG, HONG KONG|
|PR||OGILVY TAIWAN Taipei City, TAIWAN|
|Reed Collins||Ogilvy Hong Kong||Regional Chief Creative Officer|
|Giant Kung||Ogilvy Taiwan||Chief Creative Officer|
|Stratos Efstathiou||Ogilvy Hong Kong||Associate Creative Director|
|Soenar Santoso||Ogilvy Hong Kong||Senior Art Director|
|Dora Tsao||Ogilvy Taiwan||Creative Group Head|
|Harper Chuang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Copywriter|
|Ria Chien||Ogilvy Taiwan||Copywriter|
|Grace Chien||Ogilvy Taiwan||Copywriter|
|Zelda Chuang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Copywriter|
|Tung Wang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Copywriter|
|Alice Lin||Ogilvy Taiwan||Art Director|
|Shao Shao||Ogilvy Taiwan||Art Director|
|Shaoan Wang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Art Director|
|Casper Ho||Ogilvy Taiwan||Designer|
|Tony Yang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Designer|
|Boga Hong||Ogilvy Taiwan||Designer|
|Jeffrey Wu||Ogilvy Taiwan||Interactive Creative Director|
|Dorthan Pan||Ogilvy Taiwan||Interactive Creative Director|
|Cyan Weng||Ogilvy Taiwan||Content Director|
|RingeCH Chen||Ogilvy Taiwan||Engineering Manager|
|Zoe Chuang||Ogilvy Taiwan||General Manager|
|Sylvia Chang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Director|
|Sharney Chiang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Manager|
|Liping Shih||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Manager|
|Irene Chao||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Executive|
|Hilary You||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Executive|
|Freya Chen||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Executive|
|Jen Jen||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Executive|
|Fupei Wang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Managing Director|
|Milly Lin||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Director|
|Candy Wang||Ogilvy Taiwan||Office Communication Director|
|Cathy Peng||Ogilvy Taiwan||Account Manager|
|Tina Lien||Ogilvy Taiwan||Senior Account Executive|
|Jen Hong||Ogilvy Taiwan||Associate Account Executive|
|Angus Chiang||ANGUS CHIANG||Product Designer|
|Lin Zhong||zhonglin_||Director Of Photography|
Have you ever stopped to consider: Aren’t uniforms that distinguish between boys and girls a form of gender restriction? At school, girls are required to wear skirts, and boys are required to wear pants. But in 2019 Banqiao Senior High School dared to challenge this rule, speaking out on behalf of students with different gender expressions. At the school’s anniversary celebration, they invited the school’s boys to wear skirts, all on the same occasion. What followed was an uproar across Taiwan. Conservatives held a protest at the Ministry of Education, and a city councilman called in the school principal for questioning. Voices respecting diversity should not be silenced. So Vogue Magazine joined forces with acclaimed fashion designer Angus Chiang, to transform the concept from a one-off event into a genuine campus fashion.
“We just don’t want to lose another student.” —Banqiao High School On school campuses, students with different gender expressions are often bullied. They are mocked for being “sissies” or “tomboys.” They are beaten. Boys with effeminate personalities have their pants pulled down to “inspect their members.” Faced with such violence, some have even lost their lives. Therefore, Taiwan amended its “Gender Equity Education Act” to promote not just equality between males and females, but “gender equity” in education. Yet in reality, incidents of violence because of differences in gender expression are still prevalent. Not only is verbal and physical violence present on campuses, but even schools that allow their students to wear skirts as part of their anniversary celebrations are surrounded by defenders of conservative values. Clearly, those who need to learn respect are not just students, but society as a whole. If laws and policies are unable to genuinely achieve gender respect, to what level should the discussion be taken if the entire society is to pay it the attention it deserves? We took the issue back to its most basic roots – to the clothes students wear every day – so everyone could see change across gender lines.
The First-ever Gender-neutral Uniform Project UNI-FORM Garments are not intrinsically gender-specific. Who says boys can’t wear skirts? In Project UNI-FORM, we asked fashion designer Angus Chiang to design a line of uniforms for girls and boys alike, with design choices that students can freely mix and reshape however they want. Combining shirts and skirts, jackets and one-piece dresses, they’re equally fashionable and practical. Regardless of gender, body type or habits, everyone can reshape the uniforms with zippers and drawstrings, however they feel most comfortable: If you like, pull a zipper and turn your shirt into a dress. If you’re confident of your figure, pull a drawstring, so the waist and arms hug your body... We designed a line of uniforms that everyone feels at ease wearing, in the hope that everyone respects everyone else’s choices and appearance.
Even though we were designing school uniforms, our intention was to influence more people than just students. We wanted people who had never even thought about gender before to get involved in the conversation, because that is the only way to effect change. As Taiwan’s biggest fashion magazine, Vogue wanted to take the issue of gender differences on school campuses into the “mainstream.” Taipei Fashion Week – usually the venue for releasing high-end custom-designed clothing – became our platform for spreading the word. We invited a rising-star designer to create a line of uniforms. Perhaps men wearing skirts is far from unheard-of in the fashion world, but male students wearing uniforms with skirts could stir a great amount of attention. The release event was just the beginning. More importantly, with the actual production of UNI-FORMs, we sparked widespread discussion throughout society on the issue of gender equity in schools.
On October 4th, during the biggest event in Taiwan’s fashion world – Taipei Fashion Week – we launched Project UNI-FORM, with an official catwalk show. And it quickly became the most hotly discussed topic in the fashion community. We also produced an exclusive lookbook, which included a paper doll that people could dress up in whatever combination and whatever style suited them best. On UNI-FORM’s official website, we introduced UNI-FORM designs tailored for specific schools across Taiwan – starting with Banqiao Senior High School. In Vogue’s online shop, you can buy a real UNI-FORM of your own, and wear it to school. As each student put on an actual UNI-FORM, they could feel its liberating design for themselves. The entire journey and all the garment details were brought together on Instagram, keeping up an ongoing conversation with students in sync with their lives.
With zero media budget, the project generated 14M in earned media value. A single line of uniforms made all of Taiwanese society ponder some basic but important questions: Why do clothes distinguish between males and females? Can we allow every person to decide for themselves what they will look like? Internet influencers livestreamed wearing UNI-FORMs, and Taiwan’s biggest bands took to the stage with UNI-FORMs on. The campaign even gained the attention of the Ministry of Education and the president, and was featured in school textbooks. Most gratifying of all, we received extremely positive feedback from students: “Regardless of gender, we can all be comfortable in the UNI-FORM.” And we inspired students from other places around the world to transcend their own restrictions. From now on, the “UNI” in “uniform” stands for “Unisex” and “Unique.” We didn’t just change how uniforms look. We changed what they mean.