Bow down, breton stripes. We just got a taste of what happens when stunning NASA satellite images are printed onto silk scarves, and the results are out of this world.
Made by the online boutique Slow Factory, the collection of sheer accessories features breathtaking photos of the universe as seen through the lens of the Hubble Space Telescope and Terra MODIS Satellite. Until now, those awesome open source images of galaxies far, far away have been bound to the confines of a screen until designer Celine Semaan Vernon was inspired to transform them into fully wearable wonders. Scenes of glowing nebulae and craggy terrain create bold prints on each handcrafted piece, which range in price from $80-$200.
Worn tightly wrapped as headbands or as flowing shawls, each scarf is as versatile to wear as the universe is wide.
If these scarves make you think to yourself, what a wonderful freaking world — that’s totally the point. But they’re statement pieces for more reason than their ocular appeal: Slow Factory says they hope these scarves spark a real connection between you and the cosmos, or at least bring you to a greater level of awareness. Ironic considering we’re talking about the boundless final frontier here. But it’s a necessary reminder since it seems like for lots of us, our smart screens are our ENTIRE universe. Perhaps as we sling the Cat’s Eye Nebula scarf around our neck, we’ll glance up at the starry sky and pause before we reach for our phones to Instagram the view. That really could happen.
The brand’s limited edition garment line takes things a step further by only featuring landscapes that have been affected by global warming on its flowy textiles. It certainly is a graceful combination of fashion and activism — one that passes up polarizing slogans for alluring visuals that tell engaging stories like a proper conversation piece. Did you know, for instance, that the orangey Carina Nebula you see on the shawl/scarf below has the total mass of 900,000 suns and is the brightest nebula in the sky? I didn’t before I ogled this accessory line. And now all of you know, too.
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