convertible clothing

Parsons Student Designed Fashion Line to Help Syrian Refugees

CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES “This collection is an ode to these people: everyone who can no longer return home due to war and violence,” Luna said. “To those who are on…

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10 Wearable Habitats to Shelter You From the Apocalypse

SHELTER ME In 2009, a trio of Philadelphia student designers showed off the perfect apparel for our uncertain times. Asked to fabricate solutions for a hypothetical post-disaster…

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"Walking Shelter" is a Full-Size Tent You Can Store in a Pair of Sneakers

Talk about packing light. “Walking Shelter” is a one-person shelter that tucks away into a pair of sneakers. The brainchild of Sibling, a design collective based in…

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AGU's Ladies' Jacket Transforms Into a Rain Poncho Even While Cycling

The convertible SEQ Urban Coat by AGU fits both fashion and function, transforming into a rain poncho perfect for biking. With the belief that bicyclists should not have to buy a…

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"Emergency Bra" Doubles as a Gas Mask When Disaster Strikes

Double Ds that double as gas masks? It may sound like a joke, but Elena Bodnar’s “Emergency Bra” is no laughing matter, especially if you find yourself in a situation…

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Stephanie Simek's Transforming "Hoodie Bag" is a Hood, Shirt, Bag in One

Consider Stephanie Simek’s Hoodie bag the very definition of a triple threat. The malleable, multipurpose garment is as adaptable as you need it to be, transforming from a bag to…

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Hunting Jacket Transforms into Mounted Ram's Head "Trophy"

You’ve heard of the hunter becoming the hunted, but what about a hunting jacket that transforms into a hunting trophy? That’s the whole idea behind designer Rohan…

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"Self-Couture" is a Bedspread You Can Transform into Custom Garments

Wethinks designer Diane Steverlynck is taking the term “bedclothes” a mite too literally, but no matter. Her “Self-Couture” bedspread is a simple yet genius feat…

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H by Harris' H=Jacket Doubles as a Jacket and a Backpack

We’re all for multifunctional, convertible pieces in our wardrobe, but H by Harris’ jacket/backpack hybrid—Jackpack? Backet?—totters between inspired and inane. The…

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Sustainable Fashion Takes to the Runway at UN Climate Talks

While delegates from 192 countries convened in Copenhagen to hammer out a new climate-change treaty, the fashion industry had a group huddle of its own about the state of the planet on…

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Project Green Search, Track Your Tee, Celeb Designers

Photo by Courtney Dailey Missed Project Green Search last week? Starre Vartan dishes on what really went on behind the scenes. (Eco-Chick) Trace your T-shirt from seed to shoulders at…

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Upcycled Zipper Dress Lets You Customize Look on the Fly

When it comes to convertible clothing, Sebastian Errazuriz’s provocative N3 Zipper Dress has its competition zapped. The black-and-silver sheath is made not from fabric but from…

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Dutch Designers' Modular "Fragmented Textiles" are Like Lego for Fashion

Here’s another eco-fashion innovation that is both puzzling and promising: “Fragmented” clothing that features customizable snap-on pieces, requires no sewing, and…

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Azumi and David's Quirky "Bag Hat" is a Bag...and a Hat

When it comes to resource conservation and getting the most bang for your buck, convertible clothing is human ingenuity at its most inspiring. (Any use of sustainable textiles is simply…

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Hayley Starr's "Fancy": One Dress, Over a Hundred Ways to Wear It

Recession, schmecession: Why settle for one dress when you can get a hundred? With Hayley Starr’s new Fancy dress, which drapes, twists, and cinches in myriad ways to produce more…

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Wearable Shelter: Eco-Chic Streetwear Transforms into Protective Emergency Gear

Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino When it comes to multifunctional clothing, a trio of Philadelphia student designers have the competition beat. Their conceptual “Wearable…

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