Noticeably, a recent trend in the creative industry is young designers challenging and discussing current social, cultural or even international issues, using their designs in an attempt to solve and change the world. Perhaps this is what humanity needs, the younger generations whose future lies ahead speaking out, and helping to fix the problems society faces. Award winning Parsons School of Design graduate Angela Luna adopts this approach with her latest fashion collection entitled Adiff.

Angela Luna | 2016 Adiff collectionAngela Luna | 2016 Adiff collection

Angela Luna | 2016 Adiff collectionAngela Luna | 2016 Adiff collection

The talented designer was inspired to help with the Syrian refugee crisis through launching her company Adiff which produces garments that transform into functional objects. Examples include, a sleeping bag, a floatation device an impressive six-man tent and smaller two-man tent. The objects originate from a carefully designed jacket, each item responding to an issue that a refugee faces on a daily basis.

Angela Luna | 2016 Adiff collectionAngela Luna | 2016 Adiff collection

Angela Luna | 2016 Adiff collectionAngela Luna | 2016 Adiff collection

On the runway, the audience were excited and shocked as they watched an oversized floor length cape-type jacket transform into a tent before their eyes. Her innovative designs soon became the focus of the show and bagged her Designer of the Year Womenswear award at a prestigious benefit.

Angela Luna | 2016 Adiff collectionParson School of Design | 2016 Adiff collection

Tent | 2016 Adiff collection

What comes next for Angela is obtaining the funding in order to get her business off the ground. Recognising that the talent is incredibly competitive, the designer realised she needed to create two businesses: one direct-to-consumer brand and another that serves as a non-profit donation in the humanitarian realm which would include her refugee clothing line.

Angela Luna | 2016 Adiff collectionAngela Luna | 2016 Adiff collection

The garments for donation compared to the retail line will have the same features and constructions however, they’ll differ slightly in the details. For example, the garments donated to refugee organisations will be constructed from much more durable fabrics that are less expensive than the retail line. Instead of including expensive design elements such as zippers, Luna may introduce a different fastening system for the garment.

Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright

Images available at: http://www.adiff.com/

Luna. A. Adiff collection drawings, 2016. Available at: http://hypebeast.com/hk/2016/6/parsons-angela-luna