A jumpsuit that converts human sweat into drinking water. A dress with climate-controlled pouches for storing food on the go. Garments studded with sensors or heating units. Those are just a few of the designs that made their way down the runway of London’s Science Museum last week. Part of “Couture in Orbit,” an event celebrating the European Space Agency’s five missions to the International Space Station over the past two years, the catwalk-cum-competition tasked fashion schools from the astronauts’ home countries to create looks inspired by space flight. (Cue the jokes about “out of this world” fashion.)
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