My virtual collection concept is set in a fictional 2077, where Mars tourism is affordable and commonplace. My muse is a Botanist working for NASA, whose daily activities embrace travelling on the surface on Mars to various habitat’s where specialist vegetation and food crops are being trialled. She needs protective and thermal clothing to survive the harsh conditions on the Martian surface, using wearable technology, highly protective fabrics such as Teflon and waterproof seam sealing tapes and garments can be worn in layers. The key influences for my collection originate from retro spacesuit design, extreme weather survival clothing and compression sportswear. The core themes are adaptability, survival, functionality and protection. Furthermore, the ambition for the collection is to prepare for the future colonisation of Mars and to also prototype technologies which are transferable to use in Earth’s harsh environments.

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