Céline Semaan Vernon's collection at slowfactory takes NASA imagery and prints it onto apparel.

The source photos are entirely public domain.

They're captured from telescopes and satellites.

And on the human form, they look extraordinary.

The products have quite the range, from distance nebulas captured by the Hubble...

...to our own planet (this is Greenland via satellite). The dress was made in conjunction with Valérie Dumaine.

Ultimately, the creators don't see the work quite as fashion or quite as science.

Rather, it sits in a spot between the two.

But the works can be educational. Each actually comes with a card explaining the science behind the print.

And over time, assuming the team produces new prints of the same objects...

...we could watch both our technology and our surroundings evolve.

The collections are available now.

Prices start at a few hundred dollars.


Haute Fashion Developed From NASA Photographs

What happens when you print Hubble images onto fine silk? We remember that we’re all made of star stuff.

“All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff.”

Like many of the late physicist Carl Sagan’s famous quotes, this one reminds us that we’re all living amidst unfathomable forces beyond our comprehension of scope--including 40 billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way alone--but that those forces also dwell within every spec of our being. And it’s this same awesomely empowering philosophy that brings us the stellar fashions from slowfactory, by Céline Semaan Vernon. Her high-end apparel includes textiles printed with public domain imagery captured by NASA. So a scarf bursts with the brilliance of the Horsehead Nebula, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, while a dress seems to snake its way up the female form, stretching through the tendrils of Greenland’s waterways, as photographed by the Terra Modis satellite.

“It’s like a bridge between fashion and science,” Vernon tells Co.Design. She equates her work to “wrapping yourself in the Universe,” hoping that we can bask in the beauty of the natural phenomenon around us, even if it’s very far away.

Given that the Universe is roughly 14 billion years old, Vernon (somewhat fairly) views her work as timeless, urging that it should be regarded beyond the ebb and flow of fashion trends. That said, she still concedes that the collections could be studied with a critical eye as one looks back through the decades.

“Take my [dress] of Greenland. There’s a picture on the NASA website from 30 years ago where you can see the ice. Now it’s crumbled away,” Vernon explains. “If I were to print the same image year after year, we’d be amazed by the evolution.”

In fact, Vernon is strongly considering doing just that. While she could obviously take artistic license with NASA’s Creative Commons works, pushing galactic abstraction to new heights, she’d rather her apparel live in that immeasurably satisfying halfway point between art and science--that same halfway point that makes Sagan’s poetic ode to the cosmos equally powerful 40 years later.

See more here.

Add New Comment