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 project—known as Couture in Orbit—designers 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 aren’t perhaps going to save the wearers from the hostile of space in their current form—that’s what the space suits of the future are for. But as the space agency points out, the challenge was “to predict the future of fashion in designs that are desirable and practical, while showcasing their national cultures.” Whether they’ve achieved that, you can decide.
Earlier this month, SpaceX hired the legendary costume designer Jose Fernandez to develop its new in-house spacesuits. He’s probably taking note.
Pfft… amateurs. Back in the ‘60s we had space fashion.
NB: the one with the space helmet was a Braniff stewardess.
There are actually a few good fashion designers.
Whatever people did these designs, are not among them.
More than anything this looks like someone threw a bunch of design elements together and then as an afterthought threw in a piece they could point to and say “Look, space.”
At least SpaceX is planning on taking the designs they receive and turning them over to engineering.
An engineers first thought after seeing these would be to throw them away and start from scratch.
As one would hope would be the reaction of any sane person.
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