Fashion’s new frontier? Y-3 partners with Virgin Galactic to create space apparel

Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company within Virgin group, and Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas’ label Y-3, are teaming up to create apparel fit for space.

To cement the partnership, Y-3 unveiled prototypes of its flight suit and boot at the Spaceport America in New Mexico — home to Virgin Galactic’s Gateway to Space terminal.

Astronauts will trial the apparel during Virgin Galactic’s flight test program, to ensure the suits are practical to wear while piloting a commercial space flight, according to a statement issued by the two companies.

Tailored for comfort, flight suits will be constructed using 3D-engineered patterns and use advanced fabrics such as Nomex — a heat-resistant material made from strong synthetic fibers.

The flight boot contains leather and will feature special outsoles and heel inserts that provide extra grip and maximize shock absorption…

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