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Fashion Cosmic Gaze: Why Science Is Julia Milner's Biggest Inspiration

Cosmic Gaze: Why Science Is Julia Milner's Biggest Inspiration

Cosmic Gaze: Why Science Is Julia Milner's Biggest Inspiration
By Hong Kong Tatler
October 17, 2018

For Julia Milner, there is nothing more beautiful than science. As one half of the world’s most influential science philanthropy couple, the former artist and model loves seeing cutting-edge experiments up close. She is inspired by both the sculptural grandeur of their hardware, and the profound ideas they shed light upon:


Photography: Steven Chee | Styling: Jess Pecoraro | Hair & Make-Up: Aimee Fiebig

Production: Nadene Duncan, all at DLMAU | Location: Parkes Observatory, New South Wales, Australia

Photo: Steven Chee
Photo: Steven Chee

Ground control

The Parkes Observatory is a surreal sight, looming over a dry, rural basin some 350 kilometres west of Sydney, Australia. The 65-metre bowl of the radio telescope, translucent white over a dark metal fretwork, looks almost too vast to be supported on the cylindrical turret that houses its control room. There the flickering consoles and the tapping of computer keyboards are the only clues to its mission: combing the cosmos in search of a long-awaited signal from beyond.

Julia wears a jumpsuit by Lacoste, a belt by Saint Laurent, heels by Fendi and a handbag by Gucci.

Photo: Steven Chee
Photo: Steven Chee

Dish duty

Dressed in the season’s fashion, Julia Milner cuts an alien figure herself, among its banks of dials and monitors. But the observatory is close to her heart: she and her husband, Yuri Milner, are the founders of Breakthrough Listen, a global astronomical program that searches for evidence of civilizations beyond Earth.

Julia wears a coat, stockings and boots by Chanel.

See also: Yuri And Julia Milner: Breakthrough Prize Founders On Philanthropy, Science And The Search For Alien Life

Photo: Steven Chee
Photo: Steven Chee

Space signals

Julia is drawn to a great dish as an aesthetic object, a unique monument of space-age architecture; and she is captivated by the question that it asks: Are we alone in the universe? Or do we have cosmic siblings? Parkes has historical significance: it was the telescope which received the first signals from Apollo’s successful moon-landing on July 20, 1969.

Julia wears a dress by Christian Dior and stockings by Wolford.

Photo: Steven Chee
Photo: Steven Chee

Maven of the future

Should Breakthrough Listen’s quest succeed, the dish will no doubt achieve an even higher fame. For now, though, the methodical search continues. With a deep whirring that breaks the control room silence, the telescope moves into a new position, training itself onto another distant galaxy in search of faraway worlds—homes, perhaps, to alien cultures, with their own great works of science and beauty.

Julia wears a jacket and boots by Chanel.

See also: Virginia Tan Is Empowering The Female Technology Leaders Of Tomorrow

Photo: Steven Chee
Photo: Steven Chee

Julia wears a jacket by Lacoste.



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