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A spacewear fashion show featuring clothingtravel in weightless conditions
was held at the University of Tokyo’s Hongo
campus on November 2.
The show was held by Rocketplane Kistler,
a US company that plans to begin offering
space tours in two years, and a group of
Japanese fashion designers, as part of the
Hyper Space Couture Design Contest.
Winners of the contest, which is organized
by Tokyo-based fashion designer Eri Matsui
with the support of the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA) and many others,
will help design the clothes for use on
Rocketplane’s space tourism flights set to
begin in 2008.
The 11 garments appearing in the show were selected from over 880 designs submitted by college students. The clothes incorporate a variety of features designed for zero gravity, such as ruffles that expand under weightless conditions or small air-jet propulsion systems in the sleeves to help you change direction while floating.