as seen in Harper's Magazine, August 2008, and also here.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a garment device which converts into one or more facemasks. In one embodiment, the garment device is a bra or a brassiere garment. The bra has two cups. Each of the cups has a filter, an inner portion positionable adjacent to the inner area of the user's chest, and an outer portion positionable adjacent to the outer area of the user's chest. The inner portions of the cups are disconnectable, and the outer portions of the cups are disconnectable. As such, the bra is separable into two halves. Each halve is securable to a user's face to form a facemask.
In one embodiment, the bra includes two cups which include filter material, a back strap and a shoulder strap extending from each cup. The bra has a fastener on the front side of the bra in-between the cups and a fastener on the backside of the bra in between the back straps. The fasteners close in the front and the back to form a bra. When the garment is used as a bra, the cup portions are fitted over the breasts and the straps wrap around the torso to secure the bra to the body. When both of the fasteners are released, the garment device converts into two facemasks, each facemask including a cup and the straps. The user of the facemask places the cup or the mask chamber over the mouth-nose region or mouth-nose-chin region and wraps the straps around his or her head. The user can then use the facemask to help purify the inhaled air while keeping his or her hands free. Furthermore, the user can provide the other facemask to a bystander.