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

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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.

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

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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14 Responses to “Wearable Shelter: Eco-Chic Streetwear Transforms into Protective Emergency Gear”

  1. Lisa says:

    This is a neat idea but actually one the army already uses. Their ponchos can also be used for tents. Like the sleeping bag idea though

  2. Paul says:

    Reminds me this project

    http://15belowproject.org/

  3. BrandNewshat says:

    The army makes couture wearable shelters?

  4. teezee says:

    I like this idea, but I don’t know how I feel about the models or AmAp-esque photos. I think they should have really worked this out and took photos with real bums who really need this. Homelessness is far from glamorous. As a fellow Philadelphian, I can assure you there are bums who would have willingly posed with this on in the fashion show for a free lunch.
    maybe next time?

  5. travislessness says:

    Yes, those shoes scream “I need shelter.” There’s something either deeply cynical or deeply naive about this, if not the project than its presentation.

  6. BrandNewshat says:

    The project was meant to be for the metropolitan city dweller. It was based on a hypothetical situation where even the people who lived in ritzy areas of a city would be able to seek shelter in an instant. So , they could wear these shelters as apparel and instantly seek shelter when needed. Aiming it at “bums” is a different project…the aesthetics of the clothing would be an entirely different scenario.

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  13. freevivenza says:

    and this translates to people that are homeless who could really use this, HOW ??!! city dwellers. hmm.

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