We’ve finally reached a time where experimenting with fashion for space travel is a real thing. Swedish adventurer Renata Chlumska will be one of the first Swedish women to travel to space and needed something to wear.
She imagined she needed something special – not just the traditional, masculine one-piece flight suit. “I want it to look and feel weightless, to tell a different story than other clothes”, says Chlumska. The suit must also adhere to safety requirements and be suitable for a range of activities.
The garments and accessories we designed might look surprisingly simple, but there is a lot of hidden functionality. With many safety restrictions on what one can wear aboard a spaceflight and the physical hardships it would incur, we produced many design ideas. For example, pockets are not permitted to be integrated directly into a garment on flight or in training, so we constructed cushioned, removable neoprene pockets that secure to the arm or leg at the appropriate times.