On July 11, 2022, the clearest and most detailed image of the distant universe ever taken by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was released.
Dubbed “Webb’s First Deep Field”, this image captures a scene full of the oldest galaxies scientists have ever seen. Now this innovative look is celebrated through fashion.
Since the grand unveiling of the first scientific-quality photographs taken by JWST, astrophysicists have gained valuable insight into what some of the earliest stars and galaxies in the universe looked like. An instant favorite for many around the world, First Deep Field full color infrared photography freezes a moment in the early universe, specifically galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. Its irregular, glittering galaxies form enchanting works of art that one company has transformed into a delightful galactic dress.
Gallery: First photos of the James Webb Space Telescope
As part of a project that brings together his two passions – science and clothing – fashion brand Svaha has launched a new collection with a JWST theme, including a dress, top and cardigan. The cotton material of each of these items is completely covered with a NASA image representing just a tiny dot of outer space in mesmerizing detail.
According to the brand, the JWST dress was in high demand among Svaha customers. “As soon as NASA released the photo, our social media was inundated with requests from our customers to capture the image on the dress,” Svaha founder and CEO Jaya Iyer said in a statement. (will open in a new tab).
“The image is so beautiful, we just had to do it! So we created these beautiful designs for people to wear and own a piece of history!” Ayer added.
Prior to JWST, its previous pioneer, the Hubble Space Telescope, had a more limited spectrum of infrared wavelengths it could observe in the universe, according to NASA’s Webb-Hubble comparison page. (will open in a new tab). Launched in December 2021, JWST carries a device called the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) on board.
The infrared sensors on NIRCam allow the telescope to see further into space than ever before. It took so long for the light to reach the telescope to create the pattern shown on the dress to enter the solar system that the resulting shapes represent the universe when it was less than a billion years old.
(Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA and STScI)
To faithfully reproduce these sharp details and true proportions, JWST’s popular image was printed on the fabric of the dress (95% cotton and 5% lycra). His style includes short sleeves and a knee-length flared skirt with pockets sewn into the waist for practicality.
The NASA design spans the entire dress as the photo is duplicated on both the top and the skirt, mirrored near the waistline. This aspect shows off an impressive image to both the viewer and the wearer, providing a vertical image to the skirt when the latter looks down on it.
Ayer originally launched the Svaha brand to combine fashion and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), with one goal being to eradicate the notion that people should choose between womenswear and science topics.
All items in the Webb’s First Deep Field clothing collection are available in sizes XS to 5XL. Available for pre-order on the Svaha USA website. (will open in a new tab), the dress is priced at $79.99, while the cheaper top and cardigan sell for $44.99 each. For those who pre-order these dresses, they must be shipped to customers by the end of September 2022.
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