Noteworthy #064: Parsons Student Designs Fashion Line to Aid Refugees

Fashion is reflective of the world around us, and everybody requires different clothing that suits the environment and situations they face on a daily basis. Refugees, specifically Syrian refugees, encounter a very unique set of circumstances that many of us who are born in the U.S. will never have to experience. With the Syrian Civil War still rampant, many refugees continue to find themselves on the outskirts of their homes as they try to establish a better life for themselves and their families.

In an attempt to provide some sort of assistance to those in need, Parsons student Angela Luna created a fashion line, which combines aspects of technical apparel with functional athlesiure, that is meant to aid Syrian refugees.


Designed for both men and women, the line contains a variety of pieces with uber technical features (think your favorite outdoors fashion brands on steroids). With waterproof capes that can transition into a tents and jackets that are also flotation devices, the line is both practical and functional for refugees who need shelter and protection from external elements.

While a fashion line will obviously not solve the Syrian war, the displacement these people experience, or the prejudices they sometimes face when they finally do find a new home, providing some possible relief in the form of shelter/clothing is a noble and creative way to use design to make a difference.

Fashion can be a lot of things. It can be frivolous, silly, sophisticated, etc. But, Luna’s line shows that it can also be exceptionally practical and thoughtful. While the pieces are still prototypes for now, the thought that they could one day be manufactured or inspire other designers to think more broadly about the clothing they create and the people they can help, is definitely a good thing.

Header image source: Tech Insider

To learn more about Luna’s collection, visit  

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.


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