Fashion designer Angela Luna designed her senior thesis collection after Syrian refugee crisis to highlight issues faced by them as they crossed the borders. The 22-year-old, hailing from Massachusetts, is now among the finalists for the Parsons School of Fashion 2016 Designer of the Year award.
Featuring a jacket that also turns into a sleeping bag, Luna’s senior thesis collection comprised similar artifacts that forced one to think about the gravity of the Syrian situation, News School Free Press reported. Initially, she had been concentrating on eveningwear, but Luna discovered her newfound passion, it not only changed the course of her fashion career but her life as well.
Since the crisis sparked back in May 2011, over 220,000 Syrians have lost their lives and over 4.7 million fled towards safety, in an epic refugee exodus European countries have ever taken. Luna used her fashion skills to help bring the issue to the focus. It was not an easy job, she had to turn down career offers and face criticism from her thesis professors, but she made it against all the odds and founded Design for Difference to continue her quest.