What would you wear in outer space? Fashion designers, space entrepreneurs, and intergalactic travel advocates gathered to answer that question recently on a runway (the couture kind) near Los Angeles International airport. BBtv's Xeni Jardin was there, with two pro fashionistas providing live critique and comic relief: Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia, and Oren Shepher of Spear Collection.
"Space Style 2007: A Giant Leap for Couture" took place during the TRANSFORMING SPACE, an annual conference hosted by the California Space Authority (CSA) and the California Space Education and Workforce Institute (CSEWI).
Participating designers included Louise Bisby, Rain Sherman, Danielle Kelly, Samantha Ceora, Payam Emrani and Syuzi Pakhchyan of SparkLab (her cool LED light-up bracelets have been covered in Make:CRAFT -- 1, 2). Misuzu Onuki, creator of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) space couture fashion show, presented the finalist designs from that competition. Martin Bergstrom of Sweden showed off burka-like headdresses, and "mathematically-inspired" Japanese designer Eri Matsui presented a zero-G-inspired wedding gown.
The event was co-produced and co-hosted by Randa Milliron of Interorbital Systems, a Mojave-based rocket company working to make space transportation a reality, and Karyl Newman, an artistic consultant to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. California Space Authority (CSA) hosts included Andrea Seastrand and Celeste Volz Ford.
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