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Social artist and designer Helen Storey brings a unique installation to the Science Museum’s Wellcome Wing. Dress For Our Time combines fashion and data to communicate an urgent message about the current worldwide refugee crisis.

Using the very latest UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) data, light is projected on to a dress made from a decommissioned UN refugee tent. Acknowledging the lives of 8 million refugees around the world, each point of light represents one hundred people who have been forced to leave their past behind to escape conflict or persecution.

The aim of the project is – through the power of fashion – to help visualise how an unimaginable number of people around the world have had to flee their homes.

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‘Worldwide, one in every 113 people on the planet is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking shelter – that’s 65.3 million people on the move globally. How can we all remain a humanitarian in a time of colossal and irreversible change?’

Helen Storey

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Dress For Our Time is at the Science Museum’s Wellcome Wing between Wednesday 17 August – Sunday 4 September 2016.

USP: Using fashion as a way to visualise an important issue is often a powerful way of communicating with a wider audience.