Saturday, June 13, 2009

High Fashion

Amanda Young's new book, "Spacesuits," highlights details
such as the silicone fingertips of this
Apollo EVA Glove -

Kate Kilpatrick - Washington Post

Spacesuits are the ultimate in couture. Think about it: custom-fit garments, dozens of layers deep, made from innovative textiles that can run $5,000 per square foot, with eye-catching accessories. And the footwear? Near impossible to walk in.

Often, the outfits are worn just once before becoming fragile artifacts that deteriorate and corrode.

"To last was never a consideration," says Amanda Young, spacesuit caretaker for the National Air and Space Museum. "They were built to do their short, hard job with no failures."

Read the Article HERE.