Our Cause

The 50,000 Dresses Project

I have been working in the field of fashion for over 35 years and began offering the Essential Element collection of knit garments in 2011. Because of the simplicity in the construction, the collection provides the perfect tool to provide earning opportunities for unemployed and underemployed women in the U.S. 


So, we are using the collection, with emphasis on the basic dress, in what we are calling "The 50,000 Dresses Project."  Our emphasis is on providing flexible earning opportunities for young single mothers who are seeking an education to better their lives and those of their children.


I dedicate this project in memory of my parents, who demonstrated the belief that we are "our brothers' and our sisters' keepers."

~ Marva G. Ballard

M.G. Ballard Designs