In a feat of engineering and creativity, these seven women are developing clothing that might be described as "functional couture." Each garment provides either a practical or social need, and, as a piece of art, serves as a piece of cultural or political commentary. As the Earth faces more drastic environmental challenges, humans may come to depend on their clothes for protection and health. So, too, can clothing aid in unsavory social circumstances, for example during a random act of street harassment on a morning commute, by deflecting unwanted attention or alerting the authorities. Our tech future just might be in what we wear.