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Join us as we take couture into orbit at this month’s Lates

To mark five European Space Agency missions to the International Space Station between 2014 and 2016, fashion schools from each astronaut’s home country were challenged by ESA to create outfits inspired by space flight. Join us for free at Lates on Wednesday 25 May, supported by Bionic Yarn, for the climax of this Couture in Orbit project when the collections will hit the runway at the Science Museum in our Space Fashion Show.

Students from five leading fashion schools in Paris, London, Milan, Copenhagen and Berlin have created pieces that bring science and couture together using the latest innovative technologies and materials. Each school was assigned a particular theme, ranging from technology and environment to health and nutrition and only the top designs will feature in the fashion show, which will be MC’d by presenter George Lamb and feature a performance from The Voice quarter-finalist Jordan Gray.

At this special Lates event visitors can meet the fashion schools 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 are used in current and future space missions and how we might use it in our everyday lives.

There will also be the chance to discover more about life on-board the International Space Station at a show celebrating Tim Peake’s mission to the ISS, hear from researchers using Antarctica as a test for manned missions to Mars, and explore the big question about space: are we alone? Fashion fans will have the opportunity to make their own planetary bracelets and learn how to hit the catwalk like a star. Lates will also feature all the regular highlights of live music, the Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.

A Revolutionary New Particle at the Big Bang Machine?

Last December scientists at the world's largest particle collider saw something strange. Is it the most important physics discovery in a century or is it nothing? Join James Beacham, of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, for a peek into the mysterious world of particle hunting.

Astrobiology - The Hunt for alien life

Join astrobiologist Dr. Lewis Dartnell on an exploration of the hardiest forms of life on Earth, a tour of the other planets and moons in our solar system which may harbour life, and further afield to alien worlds orbiting distant stars, to explore one of the greatest questions ever asked: are we alone...?

WhiteSpace - Antarctica: the ultimate mission to Mars simulator?

Find out why Antarctica is used by space agencies as a testbed for manned missions to Mars! Join Alexander and Beth, both recently returned from living on research stations, and see what this cold, dark, isolated continent has to offer astronauts heading into deep space.

The Science Museum Comedy Club

In space nobody can hear you laugh, but we can at the Science Museum Comedy Club. The Science Museums resident comedy team Punk Science will be doing explosive demonstrations and revelling in scientific mirth as they introduce four great guests.

Tickets are limited and cost £9 per person – available both online in advance or from any ticket desk.

Exhibition – Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius

You know Leonardo the artist from paintings including The Last Supper and Mona Lisa – now discover Leonardo the brilliant, insatiably curious engineer. Experience Leonardo da Vinci's drawings and technological visions brought to life.

Lates special offer – half price tickets, available both online in advance and on the ticket desk.

Exhibition – Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

William Henry Fox Talbot was a pioneer of photography – a new and influential medium that changed the way people saw themselves and the world. This exhibition is a testament to Fox Talbot's magical and industrial visions for his invention, which range from the delicate capture of natural specimens to great ambitions for photography as means of mass production.

Lates special offer – half price tickets, available both online in advance and on the ticket desk.


Entry to Lates is FREE and for ages 18+ only

Wednesday 25 May 18.45–22.00

More information available at:

The Couture in Orbit fashion show will run twice at Lates:

19.15–20.15 pre-booked tickets via

20.35–21.45 is open to all on a first come first serve basis.Follow the event on twitter via #smLates and @sciencemuseum

Notes to Editors

For more information contact Heather Morris, Science Museum Press Office on: 0207 942 4364 or 

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.

Space-certified materials have been made available to the five fashion schools thanks to ESA’s Technology Transfer Program (TTP) and industry sponsors Sympatex, Bionic Yarn, 37.5® Technology by Cocona® and Xsens.

About Bionic Yarn

Bionic® is a material engineering company who has innovated a high performance eco-thread using recycled plastics collected from shorelines and coastal communities globally.

Between 2014 and 2015 Bionic® has recovered and repurposed over 5 million plastic bottles (110 tons) into Bionic® yarn to create new products.

To learn more visit

About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. Find out more at