World 86

Following the Space Race of the 1960s in World 86, space exploration activities accelerated, leading to the establishment of commercial space stations in orbit. These space stations are now sites for scientific research and tourism.

The environment on board the space stations are atmosphere-controlled (as on board an aeroplane) but there is no gravity, so bodies and their clothes are weightless. Clothes do not hang from bodies, rather, float around them. The cost of transporting goods into space remains high, so passengers are discouraged from carrying heavy clothes with them on their journey to a station.

What if …

the dressed body could live in different gravitational conditions, on board a space station?

Issue targeted:

In space, access to clothing will necessarily be limited as all garments or materials must be brought from Earth at great expense.

Inspiration:

Space Age illustrations that predicted developments in space habitation for the year 2000 onwards

This World was contributed by Barbara Brownie (located in Bedfordshire, UK) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions

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