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London Fashion Week September 2020 Announces Provisional Schedule

Today, the British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce the provisional schedule for London Fashion Week (LFW) September 2020. The gender neutral showcase will run from Thursday 17th to Tuesday 22nd September 2020 and include both digital activations on www.londonfashionweek.co.uk and physical events, adhering to Government guidelines on social distancing. The schedule will host over 80 designers including 40 womenswear, 15 menswear, 20 menswear & womenswear and 5 accessories brands. There will be a total of 50 digital only activations, 21 physical and digital, 7 physical only and 3 designers who will activate through a physical evening event only.

The LFW digital platform, launched in June, will continue to serve as the Official Digital Hub and will be freely accessible to everyone, industry professionals and global fashion consumers alike. The platform will host exclusive multimedia content from designers and brand partners, enabling collaboration and bringing together fashion, culture and technology.

LFW is one of the few international events to still be going ahead in London, proving the industry’s resilience, creativity, and innovation in difficult times. Now more than ever, the BFC acknowledges the necessity to look at the future of LFW and the opportunity to drive change, collaborate and innovate in ways that will establish long-term benefits, develop new sustainable business models and boost the industry’s economic and social power. The British Fashion Industry faces enormous challenges due to the impact of COVID-19 and the BFC keeps on calling on Government to support a sector which in 2019 contributed £35 billion to the UK economy and employs over 890,000 people (Oxford Economics, 2020).

THE LFW DESIGNER SCHEDULE

This season, the schedule has been split into three sections and includes brands showing digitally, physically or both. All digital activations, will be accessible via www.londonfashionweek.co.uk.

LFW September 2020 will kick off with Burberry, hosting a livestream on Thursday 17th September.

Brands showing with both a digital and physical presence are Bethany Williams, Bora Aksu, Christopher Kane, David Koma, Edeline Lee, Emilia Wickstead, Emilio de la Morena, ERDEM, Eudon Choi, Fashion East, Halpern, Kaushik Velendra, Mark Fast, Molly Goddard, Osman, Paul Costelloe, PREEN by Thornton Bregazzi, PRONOUNCE, Temperley London, TOGA and Victoria Beckham.

Physical events this season will include a hybrid of appointments, exhibitions, presentations, and socially distanced catwalk shows. Internationally celebrated brands Eudon ChoiMolly Goddard and Victoria Beckham will return to the schedule with salon shows/presentations while brands including Christopher KaneDavid KomaEdeline LeeEmilia WicksteadERDEMHalpernMargaret HowellPaul CostelloePREEN by Thornton BregazziROKSANDASharon WauchobSimone RochaSupriya LeleTemperley London and TOGA will present their new collections by invitation-only appointments. Bora AksuMark Fast and PRONOUNCE will be hosting socially distanced catwalk shows. Bethany WilliamsEmilio de la Morenaparia /FARZANEHOsmanUniversity of Westminster MA Menswear are also planning physical activations on-schedule. Agne KuzmickaiteCyberdog X KappaIngrid Kraftchenko and Kaushik Velendra, will activate through physical evening events.

Designers with a digital-only presence include 16ARLINGTON, 1×1 Studio, 8ON8, ACCIDENTAL CUTTING, ART SCHOOL, BIANCA SAUNDERS, Burberry, Charlotte Knowles, Choose Love, CONSTANÇA ENTRUDO, DANSHAN, Edward Crutchley, EFTYCHIA, Feng Chen Wang, FYODOR GOLAN, Hill & Friends, Hillier Bartley, Jamie Wei Huang, JORDANLUCA, JW Anderson, KIKIITO, Liam Hodges, Luna Del Pinal, Lupe Gajardo, L.Y.P.H., Marques’Almeida, MARRKNULL, Matty Bovan, MAXXIJ, Misa Harada, Natasha Zinko x DUOLtd X G-Shock, NAYAL, On|Off Presents…, palmer//harding, Per Götesson, Phoebe English, QASIMI, RÆBURN, Richard Malone, Richard Quinn, RIXO, Robyn Lynch, SONIA CARRASACO, Stephen Jones Millinery, Susan Fang, Typical Freaks, Vinti Andrews, Vivienne Westwood and Xander Zhou.

DESIGNER PROFILES

Over 170 additional designers will be activating their profile pages with introductions to the brands, their latest work, their social media activity and with links to line sheets and contacts for sales and press requests.

For a second season, the BFC is working with JOOR to provide a digital wholesale solution for designers. The JOOR platform will host a LFW landing page with editorial categories for LONDON show ROOMS, Menswear and Womenswear. Any LFW designers who have profiles on JOOR will have links on their designer profiles to access JOOR.

THE EXPLORE SECTION

The home of LFW Digital, Explore tells the story of London’s individuals and businesses, rich in creativity and culture. The Explore section is made up of content created by the BFC, the designers and a number of brand partners. Make sure not to miss the below highlights:

British Fashion Council Fashion Forum Podcast: The BFC launches the second instalment of BFC Fashion Forum, a podcast series exploring the fashion industry, through themes of technology, music and creativity. Episodes include Charles Jeffrey in conversation with Matty Bovan and Fabio Piras; Elgar Johnson in conversation with Priya Ahluwalia and Gary Armstrong; Alastair McKimm in conversation with Evan Mock and Jordan Vickors and Gabriella Karefa-Johnson in conversation with Campbell Addy. All episodes are available here.

British GQ – To celebrate LFW, British GQ meets Danxian Liu and Shan Peng from emerging menswear brand Danshan for an interview for the LFW Handbook, the official guide of the event.

Designer Diaries – Returning ahead of LFW September 2020, the second series of Designer Diaries invites viewers behind the scenes and inside the lives of eight designers: Art School, Edeline Lee, Helen Kirkum, Liam Hodges, Luna Del Pinal, Olubiyi Thomas, PRONOUNCE and RÆBURN, promoting British design, craftmanship and creativity.

Evening Standard – To celebrate the return of ES Magazine, Evening Standard will bring its renowned ‘My London’ feature on the LFW schedule for the first time ever on Friday 18th September. Make sure to tune in and find out why our star loves the city, their favourite hide-outs, their most iconic Londoner and the question that always bring the most creative answers, which spot in the city they’d most like to be buried.

FASHION ZOO – For the first time ever, FASHION ZOO is an Official Partner of LFW. FASHION ZOO will host a talk on schedule on ‘Sustainability and Fashion’, filmed at FASHION ZOO in China this September. Speakers include Simon Collins (Founder & CEO, Global Design Education Platform WeDesign), Casey Hall (Asia Correspondent for Business of Fashion Global), Masha Ma (Fashion Designer) and Yong Li (Wolford GM of Greater China).

JD.COM, INC.- JD.COM, INC & Hu Bing – LFW Ambassador Hu Bing will create four films to celebrate and spotlight three key British brands which have flagship stores on JD.COM, INC. This season, JD.COM, INC will have a LFW branded landing page on JD.COM, INC that will highlight LFW designers available to purchase on JD.COM, INC. Content created by JD.COM, INC stocked designers for the LFW schedule will go live on JD.COM, INC at the same time as the LFW Schedule. JD.COM, INC will also host the Hu Bing films on their platform. Consumers will be able to then shop the designers’ collections through the JD.COM, INC site.

LAVAZZA – LAVAZZA Coffee have teamed up with David Koma to celebrate the craftsmanship and creativity between fashion design and coffee making. Tune in to watch the film on the Official LFW Schedule and for competition details to win a LAVAZZA at home kit and piece from David Koma’s SS20 collection.

Mercedes-Benz – For the first time ever Mercedes-Benz will create a unique and engaging film to feature on the LFW Schedule. Richard Biedul speaks with menswear designer Oliver Spencer about all things fashion and sustainability.

MTV – MTV, The British Fashion Council, River Island and ICEBERG have announced the names of the five finalists for the ‘Music Meets Fashion Competition’. Fashion students from the UK and select International Design Schools were invited earlier this year to design a line inspired by MTV that merges music, fashion and sustainability. The five finalists were handpicked from hundreds of global submissions, resulting in students from the UK, USA and Mexico. The finalists will present their catwalk designs on the LFW schedule with a visual, storytelling digital piece created by MTV Breaks. The winner will present their full range at LFW February 2021 and their commercial collection will be sold through global retailer, River Island, and receive a number of other invaluable experiences.

TONI&GUY – Join TONI&GUY for a behind the scenes, retrospective look into London Fashion Week. Celebrating their 15-year partnership with LFW, TONI&GUY will create a film to explore the relationship between fashion and hair, with LFW designers. TONI&GUY are also supporting hair styling for a number of London Fashion Week designer’s content this season.

Voices of London Fashion Week – a short film featuring over 50 participants including Angelica Cheung, Aweng Chuol, David Koma, Dennis Okwera, Dylan Jones, Edward Crutchley, Hu Bing, Ida Petersson, Jodie Harsh, Laura Brown, Lynn Jaeger, Mia Kong, Mickey Boardman, Michael Halpern, Natalie Kingham, Queennie Yang, Sara Maino, Sophia Neophitou, Stavros Karelis, Stephanie Phair and Wilson Oryema discussing what LFW means to them and what compels them to create.

What Does Fashion Sound Like – For the second season, London Fashion Week launches its playlist series, ‘What Does Fashion Sound Like?’ as artists and designers explore how music helps to express their individual style and personal influences. The playlists feature artist and designers including AUDI0COMINGS00N, Aries Arise x Lava La Rue, Honey Dijon, Louie Banks, Richard Quinn x Haim and Zebra Katz.

Alongside existing Official Partners of London Fashion Week, British GQ, Evening Standard, JD.COM, INC, JOOR, LAVAZZA, Mercedes-Benz and TONI&GUY, BFC welcomes two new Official Partners this season, FASHION ZOO and IBM. Partnering to grow the LFW Digital Platform through new innovations, as well as supporting new designers with their own digital roadmap and business strategy during these challenging times, IBM is supporting in optimising the digital London Fashion Week experience, enabling designers to showcase their stories through multimedia content and ensuring an engaging user experience for the global fashion audience.

For a second season, interactive shoppable video tagging software Smartzer will provide clickable videos on the London Fashion Week highlights films. BFC is also delighted to announce Vocast as

the Official Press Portal provider for LFW. For the first time, Vocast will host the LFW image bank, press releases and films, available to industry behind a log in wall on the British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week websites.

The LFW platform was built by Red Apple Creative with the Creative Direction from Trends&Culture.

The generosity and commitment of our partners is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for LFW September 2020 alongside our Official Suppliers: Fashion & Beauty Monitor, Getty Images, Launchmetrics, The May Fair Hotel and Official Supporters: The Department for International Trade, The European Regional Development Fund and The Mayor of London.

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British Fashion Council Announces Launch of ‘Great British Designer Face Coverings: Reusable, for People and Planet’ Campaign

British Fashion Council (BFC) is announcing today the launch of ‘Great British Designer Face Coverings: Reusable, for People and Planet’, a joint campaign with Bags of Ethics, to manufacture and retail internationally, sustainable and reusable non-medical face coverings to use alongside existing social distancing measures. Designed in London by six British designers, Halpern, Julien Macdonald, Liam Hodges, Mulberry, RAEBURN and RIXO the project aims to raise £1 million with 100% of sale profits going to charity and split between NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, BFC Foundation Fashion Fund and Wings of Hope Children’s Charity.

The non-medical face coverings are manufactured at Bags of EthicsTM 100% owned partner factories and provide a reusable and sustainable option for the environment with no single-use plastic. The non-medical face coverings will not deplete healthcare system. The product will be retailed at £15 for three reusable, washable, fabric face coverings with two protective pouches. These non-medical face coverings will be available to buy online through britishfashioncouncil.com and through partner retailers soon including Asos, Boots, John Lewis & Partners and Sainsbury’s (in Tu Clothing sections in selected superstores, convenience stores and online at Tu.co.uk and Argos.co.uk)

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive BFC said: “Fashion is a unifying force and now, more than ever, it is essential that we collaborate and come together to support each other through difficult times. Our ambition is to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, while protecting vital PPE supplies reserved for the NHS. Through this project, we will not only celebrate British designers but also champion sustainability in a time of crisis. “

Dr R Sri Ram, Chairman, Bags of Ethics: “We have always been at the forefront of supporting the public through mass behavioural changes in positive and useful ways. Since the early 2000s we helped supermarkets, and retailers reduce their single-use plastic bag consumption by 5+ billion units through sustainable and reusable bags. A new challenge arises with the Coronavirus pandemic. Our aim is to manufacture high quality reusable non-medical face coverings for the public which reduces stigma through great British design, in line with advice from our scientific community, whilst having a positive effect on both people and planet.”

Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries said: “Wearing of nonmedical face coverings when you can’t socially distance is important to help stop the spread of COVID19. It is great to see such leadership from our fashion industry – this partnership will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and raise money for important causes.”

The project is part of BFC’s wider initiatives to support creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the pandemic. It aims to instill public confidence and unite the country through creativity, prevent further depletion of medical mask supplies, champion British designers and maximize fundraising opportunities in a time of crisis.

Most recently, the Government issued guidance for the public to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible. The reason why a non-medical facial covering is important is not that it keeps you safe, but because it stops you from inadvertently giving someone else the virus if you are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Since the beginning of the crisis, the BFC has acted as a vital resource and worked tirelessly to brief Government on the challenges facing the industry, while keeping all stakeholders up to date through letters, social media updates, digital Town Hall meetings and newsletters**. The money raised for the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund will support the next round of funding to give back to the designer businesses and protect the future of a generation of businesses that support the eco-system of design, creativity and positive cultural influence.

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British Fashion Council Announces the Recipients of The BFC Foundation Fashion Fund

British Fashion Council (BFC) is announcing today the first round of recipients of the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, supporting creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the Covid-19 crisis. Financial support will be given to 37 British designer businesses, with grants taken from the £1,000,000 emergency fund, allocated to viable businesses depending on their urgency and capability to come through and thrive post crisis. A portion of funds has also been allocated to students, underpinning the future generation of creative talent.

Recipients for the Fund are:

Alighieri (VDFF 2020), 16Arlington, Ahluwalia, Aries, ART SCHOOL, Bethany Williams, BIANCA SAUNDERS, Chalayan, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY (VDFF 2020), Chopova Lowena, CRAIG GREEN, David Koma (VDFF 2020), E. Tautz, E.L.V. DENIM, Edeline Lee, EFTYCHIA, Halpern (VDFF 2020), King & Tuckfield, Kwaidan Editions, Liam Hodges, Matty Bovan, Metier (VDFF 2020), Nabil Nayal, NEOUS, Nicholas Daley, palmer//harding, PAPER LONDON, paria /FARZANEH, PER GOTESSON, Phoebe English, RAEBURN, Rejina Pyo (VDFF 2020), Richard Malone, RICHARD QUINN, ROKSANDA, Stefan Cooke, Toogood

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive BFC said: “Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen an astonishing amount of applications come through from British designer businesses all over the country, asking for help to survive the crisis. The need for support is immense. Our hope is to re-open the fund for future rounds, to help as many businesses as possible, and ensure the future growth and success of the British fashion industry.”

The emergency Fund was made possible through pooling the BFC talent support grants that would have traditionally been awarded for either early stage showcasing support or business growth and promotion: BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund supported by JD.COM,INC, BFC Fashion Trust and BFC NEWGEN. As the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund had already completed the judging process, it was decided that the cash prize and mentoring award would be split across each of the six shortlisted brands for the very first time.

This is the first announcement of recipients to receive funding from the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund for the Covid Crisis, which has seen over 220 applications to date. Fund recipients will receive a maximum of £50,000 and will also be given access to BFC business support and mentoring from the BFC’s Fashion Business Network including DLA Piper, Eco-Age, Farfetch, FashionEx, Google, HSBC, Instagram, Lewis Silkin, Lloyds, LVMH, Mishcon De Reya, RSM, Sheridans, Taylor Wessing, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Value Retail and YouTube, plus individual expert one-to-one mentors from across the business value chain.
All applicants that did not receive funding through this round, will be informed on new rounds of funding, government support schemes and webinars to collectively help businesses in these challenging times.

While one million pounds of funding is a great start, the scale of the need is much greater and BFC has called on both Government to step in to work with them on significant industry stimulus, and on the industry and individuals to support the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund through donations, so that more businesses can be supported at this time. BFC estimates that £100m of support in different forms will be needed to help protect this decade’s generation of talent over the next 12 to 18 months. The fund will re-open for further rounds of applications so that more meaningful support can be given, every time the £500,000 milestone is reached. Donations towards the next round of funding have already been received from Alexander McQueen, Browns, Clearpay and Coach Foundation and BFC calls on all that are able to support, to do so at this time.

BFC would also like to thank all of those that have made the funds for this round possible and our partners in the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund supported by JD.COM,INC, BFC Fashion Trust and BFC NEWGEN. The generosity and commitment of our partners is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund: ARCH & HOOK, BFC Fashion Trust Supporters, British GQ, British Vogue, Browns, Burberry, depop, European Regional Development Fund, HSBC, JD.COM,INC, Label/Mix, Mayor of London, Paul Smith, Revlon Professional, Rodial and Value Retail.

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Jacket Required dedicates a third of the show to sustainable brands

Jacket Required dedicates a third of the show to sustainable brands and welcomes Raeburn Design

Raeburn ass mars 17 063 black at jacket required jan20
Jacket Required, the UK’s only contemporary menswear and streetwear trade show taking place at the Old Truman Brewery, East London on the 22nd – 23rd January 2020, places sustainability at the heart of its new direction dedicating a third of the show to sustainable brands. The re-edited layout will feature three showrooms with Showroom A brimming with pioneers in sustainable fashion including RÆBURN, Thalassophy, Bjanko Milano, Daisy King Club, Dedicated Brand, Komodo, United Change Makers (UCM), TOMS, Dashel, and Ucon Acrobatics.

Alongside an ‘exclusive to the UK’ installation, RÆBURN will present its AW20 collections. AW20 sees RÆBURN collaborate with award-winning Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson (“Rax”). For over 40 years Rax has been photographing the people, animals and landscape of the most remote regions of the Arctic, including Iceland, Siberia and Greenland. In hauntingly beautiful images, he captures the elemental, human experience of nature at the edge of the liveable world, making visible the extraordinary relationships between the people of the Arctic and their extreme environment — relationships now being altered in profound and complex ways by the unprecedented changes in climate. RÆBURN has used original full colour images captured by Rax throughout the collection, printed onto 100% RÆCYCLED cotton-feel polyesters and silk habotai. Haunting images of fragmented glaciers stand as future relics; these impactful prints bear witness to the immediate and direct threat of global warming whilst also acting as a celebration of the natural beauty of the Arctic. CARCASS is a new, radical extension of the designer’s RÆMADE concept, adopting an approach normally associated with hunter-gatherers: every last scrap of the original garment is used in its entirety, adding nothing new but branded labels and thread.

Christopher Raeburn, Creative Director of RÆBURN says: “Ragnar’s work cut through from the moment I saw his first London exhibition back in 2010; stark images capturing a disappearing world that left me both inspired and chastened in equal measure. Mother Nature is fighting a battle that can no longer be won with odds so firmly stacked against her. Ragnar’s images challenge humanity to consider their actions and make positive changes before it’s too late.”

Jacket Required also launches new label by its Sustainable Ambassador Phil Wildbore. United Change Makers offers a capsule collection; styles that last from season to season and become a timeless piece in your wardrobe. Phil says: “We want to create a community of wearers and warriors, fighting fast fashion in a pair of jeans that you pull from the laundry before they’ve hit the wash because you can’t bear to be without them. Fashion is about more than just the clothes, it’s about people. Without the designers, makers and consumers the industry wouldn’t function. We all have a role to play in making fashion more sustainable, both in the way we treat our suppliers and shoppers as well as how we look after our clothes. At UCM we are all about the close relationships with our sourcing team and factories, all of which are passionate about working with quality, sustainable fabrics and fibres. This means our jeans are made with care by a team who are looked after. With this, we hope our customers share our philanthropic attitude to fashion and help us share our story and continue our mission towards a more sustainable fashion industry. Together we can make a difference, let’s start today.”

Taking place in East London’s Old Truman Brewery on the 22nd – 23rd January, Jacket Required is a premium show offering buyers an inspiring, carefully edited international line-up of contemporary menswear, streetwear, breakthrough talent, footwear, accessories and lifestyle products.

www.jacket-required.com

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8 Things to See for Families at The Moving to Mars Exhibition

STEP INSIDE A FULL-SCALE MARS POD

What might your home look like on Mars? Venture inside an interactive Mars Habitat for the first time. Designed by international design firm Hassell for NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, in partnership with engineers Eckesley O’Callaghan (EOC), the Mars Habitat is built with a focus on astronauts’ wellbeing – while using resources that will be available on Mars.

Step inside a full scale mars pod
Mars Habitat by Hassell, image credit: HASSELL + Eckersley O’Callaghan

DISCOVER THE EXOMARS ROVER, COURTESY OF ESA

The ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover will travel to Mars in 2020, a joint endeavour between the European Space Agency and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. Find out how this complex mobile laboratory will search for past life on Mars and explore the Martian environment by taking and analysing surface samples. The ExoMars rover will be exhibited alongside three engineering prototypes.

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.ExoMars Rover prototype by the European Space Agency, image credit: ESA

EXPLORE HYDROPONIC FARMING KITS

Did you know that almost all water on Mars exists as ice? With very little atmosphere and few nutrients in the soil, this means that humans on Mars will rely entirely on materials brought from Earth for farming. Learn about hydroponic farming and what humans might eat on Mars.

Explore hydroponic farming kits
Hydroponic farming units by Growstack, image credit: GrowStack

TRY ON CLOTHES MADE FOR MARS

Every detail of our journey to Mars must be designed – even the clothing. Explore Martian fashion created by responsible design company RÆBURN in their SS20 ‘New Horizons’ collection, which uses lightweight materials designed by NASA for space exploration. Try on select items from the new collection, including pieces made from solar blankets and parachutes inspired by the make-do-and-mend approach on Mars.

Try on clothes made for mars
SS20 ‘New Horizons’ collection by RÆBURN, image credit: RÆBURN

WATCH ROBOTS ROAM THE MARS SURFACE

See the Mars 3D printed habitat designed by Fosters + Partners, which will be showcased through a series of architectural models showing how the habitat is constructed. Discover a model of the finished habitat, a large sandpit filled with simulant Mars regolith with a 3D printed dome and a series of small robots to show how they would move around on the Martian surface.

Become immersed ‘on mars today’
NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars, image credit: NASA

BECOME IMMERSED ‘ON MARS TODAY’

Today, we know more about Mars than at any time in history – though it is still a place where no one has ever stepped before. Freezing temperatures, unbreathable air, solar and cosmic radiation all make for a very inhospitable environment. Take your first step onto the red planet and see what Mars looks like today in a new multisensory experience with the ‘On Mars Today’ installation, including smell, sound and surface.

 

CLIMB INSIDE THE ILLUSTRATED ROCKET DEN

Are you ready for your journey to Mars? Begin your adventure with a trip inside this rocket playhouse, filled with lots of interstellar illustrations. Travelling to Mars takes up to eight months, so make sure you’ve packed everything you might need. All ages welcome.

 

COMPLETE THE MARS KIDS TRAIL

Getting to Mars and surviving there is the ultimate design challenge – what will you design for Mars? Mission: Design for Mars invites kids to imagine the future on Mars by completing briefs set by experts, including astronaut Tim Peake. Look out for the special Moving to Mars symbol to follow the trail and share your work at the end of the exhibition.

Complete the mars kids trail
Family looks at hydroponic farming units by GrowStack, image credit: Felix Speller for the Design Museum