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Bristol-based fashion designer creating clothes for outer space

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She gave a talk at the TedX Bristol event on 18 November at the SS Great Britain, where she discussed her pursuit to design clothes for future space travellers.

Ms Chandola joined the fashion industry a decade ago, but after noticing the scale of damage fast fashion causes to the planet, began rethinking her career path.

“I had a great life, worked internationally, worked with great brands… and then I realised how much harm just one industry alone could cause to the environment and I decided that I could no longer be a part of it”, she said.

She went back to study at the Royal College of Art in London where she began research and crafting a collection of clothes designed for people to wear on Mars.

In 2022, Ms Chandola worked on a space project at M Shed Square in Bristol.

The project team created a prototype of a real Martian house, which was the first trial of its kind out of the United States.

It comes as Nasa revealed a plan to get humans living on Mars by the 2030s.

In 2015, the space agency conducted a year-long experiment where six scientists lived in a dome with conditions similar to those on Mars. They lived there for 80 days.

The scientists grew plants in the dome, which suddenly died after they received a collection of t-shirts to celebrate their achievements.

Ms Chandola explained that the plants were killed because of the chemicals used in the dye of the clothing.

She added that events like that can “teach us how to live on earth”.

“We should stop taking our things for granted and use our resources wisely”, she added.

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