This contest first made a splash last month — as seen on SPACE.com — as Rocketplane, one of many spaceflight companies developing their own launch vehicles, realized that space tourists may not want to go the traditional route, when it comes to attire:
“Rocketplane made the fundamental design decision to fly in a true ‘shirtsleeve environment’ very early in the development program,” explained Chuck Lauer, Vice President of Business Development for Rocketplane, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“In our view, not having to wear bulky pressure suits, helmets or breathing masks will enhance the customer’s space flight experience,” Lauer told SPACE.com.
The Space Couture Design Contest will change all that, with the contest winners resulting in a spaceflight suit “which releases your stress for space travel and inspires your dream for space travel.” The contest is organized by Rocketplane’s Asian Business Representative Misuzu Onuki, Tokyo-based fashion designer Eri Matsui and JAXA, the Japanese space agency.
The designs are widely varied, and can be viewed on the website (there’s just enough English to get by.) A copy of the official introduction and submission guidelines is here, and the Dream (public) competition is open for another month! Why not?
…And who knows, you too could get married in Emi Matsui’s Zero-G Wedding Dress: