Ever wonder what you’d wear if you were to head out into Major Tom territory? Me either, until The Man in the Plaid Shirt sent me this little piece on the newest spacesuit design from NASA. The designer, Amy Ross, says it’s all about mobility, but I think she’s got some nice fashion-forward layering going on there, with that Bermuda-shorts-like unit over the leggings.
I know, I know, we’d all prefer Lieutenant Uhura’s sassy threads, but let’s be reasonable— those work for flirtation purposes aboard ship (“I may be cute, but watch it, Buster: I am also very, very cool”), but not while floating around in The Void, where it’s 80 gazillion degrees above zero, if you’re floating near a star, or below zero if you’re elsewhere. (By the way, did you know that Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura, sang with Duke Ellington when she was 16?? And wasn’t William Shatner way cute back then?!?)
Still, I think Amy might want to up the cute factor of her spacesuit a little bit, at least for the girl suits. Yeh, sure, making the suits the same for everyone focuses on tasks, not gender—to say nothing of keeping everyone equally alive. But let’s face it: With sincere respect for feminism, no-glass-ceiling-ism, and all the other worthy isms, most girls want to be distinguishable from boys, even when they’re at work. So give it some thought, woudja, Amy luv? And before you head back to the Singer, you might want to check out Dava Newman’s BioSuit for inspiration. Lieutenant Uhura would very definitely approve. May the force be with us all.
Categories: Fashion & Science (No, Really)