When two of NASA’s Artemis astronauts set foot on the lunar surface in the next few years, the world will be watching.This highly anticipated mission will mark the first crewed landing in more than five decades, and will see the first woman and first person of color reach the lunar surface.
So with all that attention, astronauts definitely want to look their best.
Enter luxury fashion brand Prada which owns partnered with Axiom Space to design spacesuits for the Artemis III mission currently scheduled for 2025.
OK, Prada’s involvement is all about looking great in space. The company also has experience in using technology to make strong materials.
“The culture embedded in the company is about more than just fashion,” Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada’s marketing director, said in comments reported by Space News, adding that he “actually does a lot of technologically advanced things.” Bertelli cited the fashion giant’s long-term experience with, for example, composite materials that emerged from the creation of the Luna Rossa yachting team for the America’s Cup in the 1990s.
Prada will focus on designing the spacesuit’s outer layer, which must be strong enough to handle problematic lunar dust while allowing astronauts to move freely.
Technical aspects aside, everyone from space fans to dedicated fashion followers will be interested to see what the final suit looks like. Meanwhile, Space Axiom launched the prototype suit in March, her collaboration with Prada means we’ll see some changes when the final design is revealed.
Bertelli says teasingly that while the main focus is on functionality, “there are areas where you feel there would be a little room for creativity.”
Axiom Space CEO Michael Suffredini claims that the spacesuit will look “very unique compared to the look of previous spacesuits”.
NASA selected Axiom Space in September 2022 to develop the spacesuit and support systems for the Artemis III mission. Suffredini said that NASA has supported Axiom Space’s partnership with Prada, commenting: “They’ve been very receptive to everything we’ve done so far in the clothing space and are open to this as well.”