NEW YORK — Rhode Island School of Design senior Maya Perkell doesn’t want consumers just to use clothing to pitch a tent, she wants them to pitch in.

For her senior project, she developed a coat that doubles as a functional tent. Instead of looking like an oversized Army-issued rain poncho, Perkell’s version is a stylish kimono-inspired number. Before she went to work on her design, she realized “whatever I come up with you can probably find in some store somewhere. I figured, ‘Why not be useful?’ I’m all about social theory.”

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