Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino

When it comes to multifunctional clothing, a trio of Philadelphia student designers have the competition beat. Their conceptual “Wearable Shelter” collection, which wowed audiences at the third annual So Re Fa (Socially Responsible Fashion) eco-fashion show in Philadelphia this past week, offers the perfect apparel for these uncertain times, including waterproof coats that transform into sleeping bags or two-person tents.

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Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino

Jin Hong, Sebastian Brauer, and Jackie Starker first conceived their line at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where they were asked to fabricate solutions for a hypothetical post-disaster scenario in a metropolitan area. Because a cataclysmic event could displace potentially millions of people, the availability of emergency shelter would be a paramount concern.

The “Wearable Shelter” pieces act as protective all-weather gear in the day and insulating shelter at night.

Their solution: three durable, watertight, and wind-resistant garments that are lightweight enough for everyday wear yet easily convertible into tents or sleeping bags that can brave the elements. Constructed from repurposed thrift-store sleeping bags, exercise clothing, and performance jackets, the “Wearable Shelter” pieces act as protective all-weather gear in the day and insulating shelter at night.

Wearable Shelter at So Re Fa 2009 in Philadelphia, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, recycled fashion, repurposed fashion, wearable shelter, Philadelphia

Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino

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