NASA must have heard that biomimicry and 3D printing will be two vast trends in fashion, as their latest and greatest Z-2 spacesuits, embrace 3D print and the “scaly skin” of fish, reptiles, and some of the earth’s toughest creatures.
The space agency has designed three distinct versions of the Z-2 suit and is currently holding an online public vote to see which of the three continues to be iterated upon.
The three designs, “Biomimicry”, “Technology”, and “Trends in Society”, differ aesthetically but function in a lot of the same ways.
They all include pleats of some kind as well as electroluminescent wire, but their respective designs are influenced in different ways.
The Biomimicry suit draws from an environment with many parallels to the harshness of space: the world’s oceans. Mirroring the bioluminescent qualities of aquatic creatures found at incredible depths, and the scaly skin of fish and reptiles found across the globe, this design reflects the qualities that protect some of Earth’s toughest creatures.The design specifically includes segmented pleats at the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee, and electroluminescent wire across the upper torso, which becomes apparent in reduced light.
Technology pays homage to spacesuit achievements of the past while incorporating subtle elements of the future. By using Luminex wire and light-emitting patches, this design puts a new spin on spacewalking standards such as ways to identify crew members.
Trends in Society is reflective of what every day clothes may look like in the not too distant future. This suit uses electroluminescent wire and a bright colour scheme to mimic the appearance of sportswear and the emerging world of wearable technologies.The design specifically includes gore pleats with contrast stitching throughout to highlight mobility, an exposed bearing at the hip, and electroluminescent wire and patches of varying styles across both the upper and lower torso.
For those that want to get involved, voting is now open and will stay open until 15 April, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT (3:59am on 16 April UK-time).