Over the past few months, five fashion schools have been working with the European Space Agency to find out what happens when space-age technologies and materials collide with couture design. The results, shown here, were unveiled at the London Science Museum yesterday.
As part of the projectâknown as Couture in Orbitâdesigners from the Fashion Akademiet in Denmark, the Politecnico di Milan in Italy and the International University of Art for Fashion in Germany and France were each assigned a theme. Meanwhile, the European Space Agency provided space-certified textiles
The results arenât perhaps going to save the wearers from the hostile of space in their current formâthatâs what the space suits of the future are for. But as the space agency points out, the challenge was âto predict the future of fashion in designs that are desirable and practical, while showcasing their national cultures.â Whether theyâve achieved that, you can decide.
Earlier this month, SpaceX hired the legendary costume designer Jose Fernandez to develop its new in-house spacesuits. Heâs probably taking note.