If the shoe doesn't fit ... design something better.
In the spring of 2012, students in Lucy Dunne's Studio IV apparel design course partnered with NASA to design wearable technology prototypes. Susan Vue, Jennifer Voth, and Melissa Mello developed a better boot for astronauts. This fall, their design won first place in the 2012 Safety Products Student Design Challenge sponsored by Safety + Technical Products and Narrow Fabrics Institute (IFAI).
"This project is a great example," explains Voth, who graduates in the spring, "of how combining two components of design that rarely meet, in this case spacesuit engineering and general apparel design, creates innovative solutions that normally would not be apparent if these two worlds hadn't met."
The students received a cash prize and were invited to present at the Advanced Textiles & Safety Conference November 6 - 8, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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