Our directory of things of interest

University Directory

Dress to impress the need for climate control

Dress to impress the need for climate control
28 Nov
2015
A large dress is projecting climate change data at St Pancras Station, ahead of COP21, the major climate conference in Paris

The dress, made from a worn-out tent and lit with reams of Met office data, stands at St Pancras International train station in London as part of an effort to communicate the future effects of climate change to the public en route to Europe.

It is the first installation from a portfolio of work called Dress For Our Time by artist and designer Helen Storey MBE, who uses fashion to draw attention to major world issues. Ahead of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, her choice of location – St Pancras’ International Eurostar terminus – is no coincidence. She hopes many of the delegates passing through the station will come face to face with the world’s first digital couture dress.

Dress at St P

The data, lit by an LED display, is extracted from a major study by a team of climate scientists, led by Dr Lila Warszawski, researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The study was built on models by the UK Met Office and though the dress is independent to the scientific results, it includes images of how the planet may look in 2084 if nothing is done to mitigate global warming.

The dress fabric – originally a tent donated by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, gives the piece ‘an unbreakable bond to humanity,’ says Storey, ‘and represents the importance of nurturing and protecting all people and safeguarding generations to come. I wanted it to be a powerful symbol of what it means to be human amidst the precarious nature of our existence’.

Her last night1

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director of HS1 (the company that own St Pancras International) says ‘we’re proud to provide a pertinent backdrop for the Dress For Our Time which we hope will inform and encourage debate surrounding our collective responsibility to affect change where there is opportunity to do so’.

Dress for Our Time can be seen at St Pancras International Station from 26 to 29 November beside the Betjeman Sculpture at the Eurostar terminus.

Subscribe and Save!

geo line break v3

Free eBooks - Geographical Newsletter

Sign up for our weekly newsletter today and get a FREE eBook collection!

geo line break v3

University of Winchester

geo line break v3

EDUCATION PARTNERS

Aberystwyth University University of Greenwich The University of Derby

TRAVEL PARTNERS

Ponant

Silversea

Travel the Unknown

NEVER MISS A STORY - Follow Geographical on Social

Want to stay up to date with breaking Geographical stories? Join the thousands following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and stay informed about the world.

More articles in REVIEWS...

Exhibitions

From 12 July through to 10 November, the Fondation Cartier…

Reviews

A relaxed podcast, in which actor David Oakes interviews professionals…

Exhibitions

Exploring ideas of identity, heritage and life after trauma, Bahith…

Books

by Alex Rogers • Wildfire • £20 (hardback)

Films

An ‘environmental thriller’ focusing on the lives of campaigners working…

Exhibitions

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is open to visitors…

Films

In this moving, sometimes harrowing film from director Anthony Woodley,…

Films

A brutal, hard-hitting coming-of-age tale that doesn’t hold its punches

Books

by Peter Martell • Hurst • £25 (hardback)

Books

by Dan Richards • Canongate • £19.99 (paperback)

Books

by Jeremy Purseglove • Profile Books • £14.99 (hardback/eBook)

Books

by Peter Hessler • Profile Books • £25 (hardback/eBook)

Books

by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard • Little, Brown • £20 (hardback/eBook)

Books

by Robert Macfarlane • Hamish Hamilton • £20 (hardback/eBook)

Exhibitions

An exhibition at the V&A brings together innovations from across…

Books

Dead in the Water edited by Bruce Shoemakers and William…

Films

A brutally realistic film about a cruel and pointless confrontation

Books

by Mike Berners-Lee • Cambridge University Press • £9.99 (paperback)

Films

In our attempt to control the natural world, humans have…

Books

by Sudipta Sen • Yale University Press • £20 (hardback)