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N° 14–2016: Call for Media: Couture in Orbit at London’s Science Museum

17 May 2016

ESA and London’s Science Museum are working with students from leading fashion schools in Paris, London, Milan, Copenhagen and Berlin to create pieces that bring science and couture together using the latest technologies and materials.

Media representatives are 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.

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. 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. 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.

Attending the show

The shows are open to media representatives and to the public who are 18 and over.

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 social media via @esa, @sciencemuseum #smlates and #coutureinorbit

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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 ( visit



About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 20 are Member States of the EU.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

Learn more about ESA at