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Nicholas de Monchaux: Fashioning Apollo: Spacesuits, Cites, and How to Dress for Tomorrow

Fri, Apr 15, 2011, 1:00 am to 2:45 am
Media Theater, Theater Arts Complex

A free public lecture by Nicholas de Monchaux, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley, part of the Creativity+Innovation series.



When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: twenty-one layers of fabric, each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. This talk is the story of those spacesuits. It is a story of the Playtex Corporation’s triumph over the military-industrial complex—a victory of elegant softness over engineered hardness, of adaptation over cybernetics.