Y-3, the adidas brand and Yohji Yamamoto are designing the one piece uniforms of Virgin Galactic’s astronauts. The prototypes were revealed 4 days ago at the Foster + Partner designed Spaceport America in New Mexico.
This is the first-ever apparel collection designed for space and it is a subtle mix between futuristic aesthetic and high technology apparel. We love this innovative collaboration that forecast modernized visual codes associated to space (tell Courrèges that astronauts will have black suits and not white!) and democratization of space travel through apparel.
The suit (flight-suit and flight-boots) is designed to support a pilot’s natural seating position, with fit, comfort and performance. The materials are also very technical: the textile is made of Nomex Meta Aramid and is woven through a 3D-engineered pattern, the boots outsole are made of TRAXION which provides a better grip and the heel contains adiPRENE, a material that improve shock absorption and ease.
A bespoke limited edition jacket intended for astronauts who will be passengers of the first ever Virgin Galactic commercial space flights has been added to the flight-suits and boots.
Post written by Tali Fitoussi, Editor
Graduate student from IFM Paris, Tali is passionate about fashion and technology. Involved in valuable collaborations and internships at global companies like L’Oréal or Condé Nast, she helped organizing a conferences sessions at IFM Paris, and joined Clausette Magazine in September 2015.