The ‘Moving to Mars’ exhibition opened today, October 18, at London’s Design Museum, and the fascinating exhibit explores humans ambitious to live on the red planet by delving into potential design solutions, including a full-scale prototype Mars habitat and a fashion clothing line by Christopher Raeburn that the Martian pioneers might be wearing.
There are five parts to the exhibition: Imagining Mars, The Voyage, Survival, Mars Futures and Down to Earth, covering everything from the design of new spacesuits capable of keeping astronauts safe during the seven-month voyage to Mars, to what it life might look like to live on mars inside inflatable living pods, as well as how the first settlers will farm and how they will make their own clothes.
When you think Martian fashion, my head goes to Star Trek of the seventies, shiny costumes, crazy accessories and of course, very little fabric. Thankfully, London fashion label Raeburn, with it’s remade, reduce, and recycle ethos, decided to opt for a collection inspired by Mars for its SS20 ‘New Horizon’ collection that includes pieces remade from lightweight insulating material designed by NASA such as solar heat blankets and parachutes, using the “make-do-and-mend” approach that will probably be needed on Mars, in response to the lace of resources on the planet.
Design Museum – Moving To Mars
As well as a cool fashion collection, the exhibition also features an innovative look at what will be needed from astronaut spacesuits, showcasing how designers are already working on solutions that will offer temperature regulation solutions on earth, in space and on the red planet, as well as a look at how mars and the prospect of space travel has been documented in popular culture.
In addition, you can also walk through and explore a full-scale Mars habitat, designed by London-based architecture firm Hassell as part of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, sit on the 3D printed furniture, as well as try on the Raeburn designed clothing and even spot the Raeburn space monkey bag, which I so wanted to bring home with me.
Another highlight for me was the ‘On Mars Today’ multisensory experience, which allows you to experience what conditions on Mars are like today from the radiation to the freezing temperatures, the lack of oxygen and the frequent dust storms, including a Mars-inspired dusty mineral scent ‘Utopia Planitia’ from French perfumer, Nicolas Bonneville of Firmenich that has been made especially for the exhibition.