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Fashion in Space?

Zonk posted about 8 years ago | from the better-than-those-white-suits dept.


kandela writes "It seems the fashion industry has taken an interest in the space industry. is running a story about the Hyper Space Couture Design Contest, a fashion competition sponsored by the Japanese space agency, JAXA, and Rocketplane Ltd. for clothes that look good in zero gravity. The best designs will appear in a fashion show in Tokyo this fall." From the article: "Onuki said that, in working with fashion designer, Ms. Matsui, the intent is to cross-thread mathematics, science, art, and physics with fashion. To date, there have been several kickoff events, as well as fashion shows to stir interest in the multi-step contest. At the end of March, contest officials had received 882 drawings by 365 individuals. Last month, the top 10 designs plus three alternate designs were picked. The actual winner, second and third place will be selected later this year."

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firsties? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515731)

My parents got shot in the back of the head at Haditha and all I got was this lousy bloodstained t-shirt.

us marines....` (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515734)

beat the fuck out of that terrorest after dropping a 500lb bomb in his ass!

way to go guys!

Yeah go on with your heartless self-servience (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515737)

Yeah, sure, enjoy your space strippers while a thousand people get to live with barely potable water and thatch houses. Who don't even have a lightbulb at home.

Filthy rich scumbags without any semblance of a soul.

To confirm you're not a script,
please type the word in this image:wicked

What's so strange about that? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515739)

Judging by the bizarre *clothes* that are being shown on some catwalks, it's obvious that fashion designers aren't from this planet. :-D

Re:What's so strange about that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515807)

That would explain where they are going to find a market for these zero-G clothes. Otherwise, it kind of makes you wonder who decided it would be a good idea to invest good money in zero-G fashion design.

Re:What's so strange about that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15517683)

Swim suits always look good, and work fine in Zero G.

Hello from earth! (2, Funny)

6031769 (829845) | about 8 years ago | (#15515743)

Greetings, space beings! We come from planet earth and we bring you a fabulous new look.

Is this how we introduce ourselves to the interstellar community?

Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515861)

Yes, then in the shiping containers we put our best nukes. After all, they are a abamination of gods will, why else are they not in the bible?

Re:Hello from earth! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515898)

I for one welcome our fabulously dressed space flare wearing interstellar overlords...

Re:Hello from earth! (1)

SamSim (630795) | about 8 years ago | (#15516405)

Consider this from the alien point of view. Anything we wear - even if we're wearing nothing - will look as ridiculous to them as they will inevitably look to us. "Why do your females conceal their lactation ducts?" they'll say, while (perhaps) frantically trying to cover up their exposed slood fronds.

Re:Hello from earth! (1)

AltCtlDel (935047) | about 8 years ago | (#15517030)

And with it comes a whole new spacecast: Terra Eye for the Alien Gu... er... lifeform

Skirts (2, Funny)

rishistar (662278) | about 8 years ago | (#15515746)

Skirts for the lady astronauts would still look good in Zero-G to me!

Re:Skirts (1)

i_should_be_working (720372) | about 8 years ago | (#15515750)

I think it's safe to say skirts would look even better, seeing as how they wouldn't have that pesky habit of covering what they're supposed to.

Re:Skirts (3, Funny)

loraksus (171574) | about 8 years ago | (#15515774)

The obvious solution is to make them tighter....
And out of PVC or rubber...
And black...
And hobble skirts would probably work pretty well too. /hits pause on Matrix DVD // Whoa...

Re:Skirts (1)

booch (4157) | about 8 years ago | (#15517262)

The other obvious solution is to make the skirts looser, so they're less likely to cover up the interesting bits.

Function over Form (4, Interesting)

Hungry Admin (703839) | about 8 years ago | (#15515781)

Zero-gravity is a place where function is certainly going to be more important than form.

On the other hand, one could combine the two, but that would require an awful lot of knowledge.

Shape and material may have some unusual constraints for safety and maneuverability reasons, but there's no reason why color, artistry, or useful features could not make a jumpsuit into something a lot cooler. If I were going into zero-gee I would need a special pocket just for barf bags. Maybe automatically recycle it so that I don't go into electrolyte imbalance.

I would like to see something built into the clothing that makes me exercise while doing normal work - with no gravity, muscles and bones degenerate rapidly.

I would appreciate smart thrusters built into the clothing that would perform station-keeping, so I could press on things without rebounding across the room.

This could be a really cool contest, worthy of Q department in her Majesty's Secret Service. Functionality with a flair.

Maybe I should go to work for NASA.

The Hungry Admin

Re:Function over Form (1)

jacksonj04 (800021) | about 8 years ago | (#15516030)

Resisive clothing to aid exercise is actually a bloody good idea. Get on the phone to NASA!

Re:Function over Form (1)

AJWM (19027) | about 8 years ago | (#15517676)

Resisive clothing to aid exercise is actually a bloody good idea.

If you meant "resistive" clothing, Soviet cosmonauts used the idea back on the old Salyut space stations. Lots of built in elastic cords to force the muscles to work harder. The cosmonauts called them "penguin suits", and hated them -- but they worked.

Re:Skirts (1)

DrMrLordX (559371) | about 8 years ago | (#15515776)

It worked for Captain Kirk. But wait, they had gravity . . . hmm. Oh well. It still worked for Kirk.

Re:Skirts (1)

Elitist_Phoenix (808424) | about 8 years ago | (#15515826)

Yeah, I'm sure most astronauts would be trying to dock their shuttles in they're landing bays.
Alternatively, it would also show how open and used they're landing bays were.
Though this would also show how many times they'd used they're mechanical docking equipment.

Thanks I'll be here all week. Seriously, I'm bloody bored!

Re:Skirts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515865)

"They're" is a contraction of "they are". You should make a note of that so you can stop writing nonsense.

Re:Skirts (1)

HoboMaster (639861) | about 8 years ago | (#15516708)

What's really impressive is that he got it right the first time, but not the second. How does that even happen?

Re:Skirts (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 8 years ago | (#15518593)

Skirts for the lady astronauts would still look good in Zero-G to me!

Maybe so, but for zero-G I'll leave my kilt at home.

It's difficult enough on a windy day. :-P

I saw something like this on the Science Channel (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515752)

I was watching that weekly show about recent advances in technology on the Science Channel a few months ago and caught something about this, but it was about its applications in the entertainment industry. I wasn't really paying attention, but the cute redheaded gal from Mythbusters was the guest-host that episode and mentioned something about audio equipment and safety equipment for sports. Sorry I didn't catch it. Anyway the redhead went on to talk about nanopaper's more serious applications in viral biology research. Then, she gave me a kissin' and she gave me my ticket. I put my walkman on and said, "I might as well kick it". First class, yo this is bad, drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass. Is this what the people of Bel-Air be livin' like? Hmm, this might be alright! I whistled for a cab and when it came near, the license plate said "FRESH" and had a dice in the mirror. If anything, I could say that this cab was rare. But I thought now forget it, yo home to Bel-Air. I pulled up to a house about seven or eight. And I yelled to the cabby "yo, homes, smell you later." Looked at my kingdom I was finally there to settle my throne as the prince of Bel-Air.

Re:I saw something like this on the Science Channe (2, Funny)

dk-software-engineer (980441) | about 8 years ago | (#15515783)

I don't think you'd pass the turing test [] .

Silver jumpsuits (5, Funny)

rbgemini (837601) | about 8 years ago | (#15515767)

I thought years of sci-fi had taught us that the 'look' for space travel was the silver jumpsuit, ideally with some sort of stripe down the side. Even better if everyone has the same one. So I ask: shouldn't we be working on choosing which colour stripe the whole human race will have on their silver suits? I vote red.

Re:Silver jumpsuits (2, Informative)

Hungry Admin (703839) | about 8 years ago | (#15515787)

Nooo! Red is bad! Remember what happens to the poor redshirt security guy in Star Trek!

"Captain! I see something!"

[Alien disintegrator beam hits redshirt guy]

Re:Silver jumpsuits (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515791)

ideally with some sort of stripe down the side.

With a note that says: This Side Up

re: silver jumpsuit - who needs clothes? (1)

artifex2004 (766107) | about 8 years ago | (#15516317)

It's the pile on the plush carpet lining the walls of your spaceship [] that is most important.
That, and Duran Duran must be stopped!

Re:Silver jumpsuits (1)

gijoel (628142) | about 8 years ago | (#15516916)

Ah but which side should the stripe go down? That's the tricky question.

Fashion on Slashdot? (3, Funny)

bcmm (768152) | about 8 years ago | (#15515788)

What's the world coming to? On Slashdot, "fashionable" is when we actually put clothes on.

Re:Fashion on Slashdot? (1)

SamSim (630795) | about 8 years ago | (#15516516)

It's like I always say - you can't be wearing the wrong thing if you're wearing nothing!

Re:Fashion on Slashdot? (1)

ESqVIP (782999) | about 8 years ago | (#15516564)

...or when we refer to ponies :)

Designer tinfoil hat!! (3, Funny)

goldaryn (834427) | about 8 years ago | (#15515793)

So, where do I get my designer tinfoil hat?

(I hope those diamantes and platinum weave won't affect it's brain protection capabilities..)

Re:Designer tinfoil hat!! (1)

kesuki (321456) | about 8 years ago | (#15515911)

Speaking of which, I need a new tinfoil hat, mine got busted.

I guess the silver foil i used in the weave was to think, having been delaminated from cheap cd-r's.

And don't forget to sleep... just make sure you can control the precise atmospheric gasses so you know they aren't blending in any mind control substances :)

They will try to keep you from sleeping because you're easier to pick off in a crowd if you're staggering around as if drunk.

the truth is out there!

(well i thought it was funny anyways)

Greetings Earthling... (2, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | about 8 years ago | (#15515800)

Take me to your tailor!

From the Muppets... (1)

oc255 (218044) | about 8 years ago | (#15527069)

I was thinking more of pigs in space.

[Capitalized B&W Title Screen appears]
[big booming voice]

My Nomination (1)

bky1701 (979071) | about 8 years ago | (#15515809)

I nominate redshirts and black pants.

Re:My Nomination (1)

SamSim (630795) | about 8 years ago | (#15516428)

I was going to take yellow, myself. You can have red. That's an order, by the way.

"Microcups Made of Nanopaper" (3, Funny)

Capt'n Hector (650760) | about 8 years ago | (#15515815)

For the ladies.... and the men, come to think of it!

The end is near! (1)

Meltir (891449) | about 8 years ago | (#15515818)

Its only a matter of time.
Any day now, the ooozing hot fashion models and guys will crawl into our cubicles and take away what we cherish most:
our ketchup stained t-shirts
our ethernall sandals
our sacred java mugs!

All of our supergeek powers will fade and wither away as we grow more and more popular with "society".

Run while you still can!

Thou it is kind of sad that they got to space before they got here...

Re:The end is near! (1)

Rob_Warwick (789939) | about 8 years ago | (#15515834)

Its only a matter of time.
Any day now, the ooozing hot fashion models and guys will crawl into our cubicles ...

Here they come now! []

I saw Misuzu Onuki speak (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515828)

I saw Misuzu Onuki speak at Questacon here in Australia. She was speaking as the representative of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) [] , live from Tokyo as part of the 2004 Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum. The topic was using space technology to better mankind.

Ms. Onuki in particular had an interesting take on things. She spoke about how when people think of space travel they think about high devices like rockets and sattelites, but that a lot of the benefits of space travel will be in changes to the way we live, like with food and clothing and communication. She's really convinced that space travel will help bridge the divide between different cultures as people come together to develop technology and engage in exploration.

What I remember most about the conference though, was after the presentation was over, Natalie Portman walked into the auditorium, right near where I was. She looked surprised, then apologized and said she was in the wrong room. As she turned to walk out her tit almost brushed against my arm and I was sent into a state of such pure ecstasy that music started playing out my ass. It was a flute sonata by Bach.

Silver Suits (1)

Aqua OS X (458522) | about 8 years ago | (#15515836)

In the future everyone will wear silver suits. We've already established that... ask any Slashdot reader.


Re:Silver Suits (1)

loraksus (171574) | about 8 years ago | (#15515863)

Security wears red, command wears gold and women wear less... And if you're on a space station, you wear a blue jumpsuit with a section that unfolds for some reason and have a damn radio glued to the top of your hand...

Because what space explorers need is new clothes (2, Funny)

damburger (981828) | about 8 years ago | (#15515843)

Never mind the shuttle has trouble getting launched these days. No matter that no human being has gone further than LEO since the 1960s.

Just make sure our space tourists are well dressed and all will be well.

Re:Because what space explorers need is new clothe (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 8 years ago | (#15516036)

No matter that no human being has gone further than LEO since the 1960s.

Close, it was December 17, 1972 []

Slow Down, Cockboy! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15515844)

For Slashdot's moderation system to function properly, we need as many users as possible to bukakke Ceren Ercen. You are currently eligible... why not hop over and help?

Really, is this so much of a challenge? (3, Interesting)

loraksus (171574) | about 8 years ago | (#15515859)

It isn't like these people are going to live up there for months at a time - they will go up for a few hours and then come back.
Do you really need a new wardrobe?
Pants will work just fine in zero gee, as will most shirts, especially if they are tucked in.
If you want a skirt / dress, great, toss some plastic strips (hell, zip ties would probably work) inside to prevent it from floating up (or don't, I don't think most /.'ers will mind seeing the trophy wives that go up doing a futuristic M. Monroe thing ;)
And what the hell is with some of the designs? It looks like someone took drugs while watching the jetsons on one tv and anime on the other and then started drawing. Extra crap will only cause problems since the people are going to be sitting for most of the flight.
I do think that realistically, if a couple drops a couple (dozen) million for a trip up there and as the zero g time grows longer, there is a good chance that a couple will want to have sex up there - with the company's approval or not, so I think that skirts will become pretty popular (unless the company provides a jumpsuit to prevent "easy access"). Call it the 100 mile high club or whatever. I haven't seen many numbers on it, but every time I've flown internationally, I've seen at least one couple go into the bathroom together - nobody talks about it, but it seems to be fairly accepted as long as it is discreet.

Re:Really, is this so much of a challenge? (1)

RESPAWN (153636) | about 8 years ago | (#15519275)

It has been suggested that a married couple (I think their names were Mark Lee and Jan Davis) who went up on STS-47 in 1992 did indeed have sex on the space shuttle, but I don't know that anybody's ever confirmed this. NASA has been, understandably, tight lipped on the prospect.

Link (One of many out there): []

Lots of 'stupid' tagging. (3, Insightful)

loic_2003 (707722) | about 8 years ago | (#15515870)

It seems many (most?) stories these days seem to have earned the 'stupid' tagging underneath it. Any chance of some proper news? I feel that over the last few weeks, slashdot has really gone downhill in terms of news quality. Today's 'spy gadgets' advert pissed me right off.

Re:Lots of 'stupid' tagging. (1)

rufty_tufty (888596) | about 8 years ago | (#15516727)

I know what you mean, these days for technical news I prefer: []

But not enough commentry yet - hence the reason I stay around slashdot.

off the main topic I know, but what the hey! it's ontopic for a reply :-)

Shuttle / station crews... (2, Interesting)

jpellino (202698) | about 8 years ago | (#15515871)

Have been picking their non-technical garb (i.e., shirts, as you ened the velcro-laden shorts and pants) from Lands' End and adding mission patches, however the gov contract menas Lands' End can't brag about it... Ditto Acorns slipper-socks.

Belter fashion (1)

Anonymous MadCoe (613739) | about 8 years ago | (#15515874)

In the Larry Niven known space novels the belters wear space suits by their own designs, and of course there is fashion in skin tanning.

The concepts sounds quite logical to me.

this has been worked out long ago.. (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | about 8 years ago | (#15515910)

That's why everyone in the future wears skin-tight uniforms or goes naked (aside from a big glass dome over the head and a ray gun)

There goes the neighborhood (4, Insightful)

schwit1 (797399) | about 8 years ago | (#15515930)

So, the shallowest industry on the planet thinks space needs a makeover. Great, as if the space program wasn't losing credibiltiy as it was.

Space Fashions (1)

thewiz (24994) | about 8 years ago | (#15516137)

are sure to be out of this world!

Of course, with some of the designs that have come out of the fashion industry, I wonder what planet some of the designers are from.

Fashionable? (1)

ChaosCube (862389) | about 8 years ago | (#15516180)

I, for one, plan to look absolutely delicious in my space outfit and matching designer helmet when I conquer those Invid bastards!



Re:Fashionable? (1)

VoidEngineer (633446) | about 8 years ago | (#15516422)

rotflmao. oh my god. that was f-ing *brilliant*.

Colour-coded Spandex Jumpsuits! (1)

CheeseburgerBlue (553720) | about 8 years ago | (#15516332)

Also, can I have a cool stripe running down the leg like Han Solo?

But they looked nice (1)

ateves (981580) | about 8 years ago | (#15516408)

*pulling the trigger* - *KazZzipp* *KazZzipp*
ET : "Haha, human antique technology..."
Stitch : "But their suits looked terrific!"

WTF????? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15516417)

Fashion??? Who are you wannabe nerds and what have you done with my slashdot?

Red Shirts Are Out (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15516495)

As long as I don't have to wear a red shirt on any planetary excursions.

Forget the Japanese.... (1)

Dareth (47614) | about 8 years ago | (#15516641)

We need the Chinese KungFu Masters to design clothes. They are used to Zero-G as they defy gravity all the time...

My dragon is hiding behind your crouching tiger!

Slashdot Fashion (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 8 years ago | (#15516750)

OK, I'll pretend to speak for Slashdot fashion.

1) Clean (at least to cursory glances) && (top of drawer || front of closet)

2) Total annual clothing purchases < $200.

Fashion designers... (3, Insightful)

GrievousMistake (880829) | about 8 years ago | (#15516816)

Frankly, I wish they'd just leave clothes design to engineers. Yes, all clothes design. I want durable, comfortable, functional and light garments in a simple, neutral design, whether or not I'm in orbit.

mod parent UP! (1)

drewzhrodague (606182) | about 8 years ago | (#15517464)

I also want 'durable, comfortable, functional and light garments in a simple, neutral design, whether or not I'm in orbit.' Why is this such a hard thing to find these days? I already have a hard time finding plain denim jeans recently. I am so sad they don't make Levis 501s anymore. I don't wear golf shirts.

Re:mod parent UP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15521314)

What! You mean you don't want silver paint stripes on *cough* I mean, pre-faded patches on thigh fronts, arse and knees? Or built-in creases around the crotch? Or random stiching that serves no useful purpose? What a strange person you are. Next you'll tell me that acid/stone wash was just a regrettable 80s fad... oh, wait, never mind...

I used to have a similar problem finding plain t-shirts (I never understood why they would charge more to print less crap on them). Fortunately I've now found a reliable source.

Finally, cool space clothes! (1)

jizzypop (981895) | about 8 years ago | (#15517328)

Its 2006, its about time we get some cool space clothes to wear. Now they need to work on flying cars.

Bras (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15518043)

Bras will no longer be designed just to keep things up, but to keep them down, too.

Or, if I'm lucky, they'll just go out of fashion entirely.

Blakes 7 had better Fashion sense! (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | about 8 years ago | (#15518070)

They even had the poofy shirt years before that hack seinfeld stole it!

H2G2 (1)

turgid (580780) | about 8 years ago | (#15518893)

So, they've invented the wheel, but they can't decide what colour it should be.

Puhleeze ... (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | about 8 years ago | (#15522343)

Let them hold the judging of the "fashions" on the "Vomit Comet" [] . I so want to see a whole row of the fashion bullshiterati vomiting in synchrony.
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