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18th May 2016

The schools are finding inspiration for their designs from the mission experiences of ESA astronauts from their own countries. They have learnt about topics such as Earth observation, climate monitoring, health and nutrition, as well as details of everyday life in the void beyond our homeworld.

Each school has its own sponsors to supply state-of-the-art technology and textiles for the new garments. Technical Absorbents has supplied a range of super absorbent fabrics, containing its SAF™(Super Absorbent Fibre) technology, which have been used as part of some of the creations.

From tracking the wearer’s movement and generating usable electricity, to regulating their temperature and transpiration, each school is designing and creating clothes integrating these technologies.

Media representatives are now invited to join us at the Science Museum in London on 25 May for the climax of this Couture in Orbit project as the collections hit the runway. The show is also open to the public. At this special event, visitors can meet the designers and technology sponsors who have been working together to bring these collections to life. There will be opportunities to explore how wearable technology and intelligent fabrics can be used in our lives today and in the future.

“This has been a fantastic project to be a part of,” explains Product Development Director Dr Mark Paterson. “Seeing how people have taken our materials and used them has been fascinating. We look forward to joining the runway event in London.”

Attending the show

The shows are open to media representativesand to the public from the age of 18.

Date: Wednesday, 25 May, 18:45–22:00

Further information:

Location: Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom

The Couture in Orbit fashion show will run twice on 25 May:

19:15–20:15 booked tickets via

20:35–21:45 is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis.

Follow the event on twitter via @esa, #smLates  and  @sciencemuseum

For further information, please contact:

Heather Morris, Science Museum Press Office

Tel: +44 207 942 4364


Rosita Suenson, ESA Communication Office, Human Spaceflight

Tel: +31 652 062 158


About Couture in Orbit
Couture in Orbit is a joint project between ESA and the Science Museum. For more information and to follow the schools’ progress visit the Couture in Orbit blog or visit

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