Designer consulting with Virgin Galactic for space clothes

IN anticipation of commercial space tourism, which has been promised by several companies now busily competing to develop aircraft for suborbital flights as soon as 2009, this may be an appropriate moment to ask, what does one pack for space travel?

One could revisit the 1960s cosmonaut fantasy designs of Pierre Cardin and André Courrèges — as did so many contemporary designers in their futuristic spring 2007 collections. But Philippe Starck, the French designer who is consulting as art director for Richard Branson’s development of Virgin Galactic spacecraft.

Starck is designing pared-down spacesuits — a rendering shows a plastic-looking bodysuit with attenuated gloves and a dome helmet — and space luggage with the help of Louis Vuitton. (The luxury goods company built on monogrammed suitcases is opening an exhibition about space travel on Friday in its store on the Champs-Élysées, foreshadowing its journey into astronaut accessories.)

If this sounds preposterous, consider that Virgin Galactic said it has registered some 200 clients for its first flights, with seats beginning around $200,000.  But Mr. Starck would only hint at what they are developing: something made of transparent materials, roomy enough for cosmic incidentals so that an astronaut could strap it onto a spacesuit and not look lame.

Source:  New York Times

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One Response to “Designer consulting with Virgin Galactic for space clothes”

  1. Dan Hastings Says:

    Destinyspace is another website that is also offering space tourism apparel and donates portions of its sales to space programs.

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