At the space bash known as Yuri's Night, which
celebrates the first human in space and the anniversary
of the space shuttle, geek rhymed with chic as author
Vanna Bonta introduced the dream footwear of women
explorers: a convertible shoe that goes from flats to
heels, "Because when you get there, you need something
Her blond hair piled high, wearing a bright orange
suit, white gloves and pumps, adventuresome author
Vanna Bonta looked like she stepped out of the
moon-landing era 1960s, except for the flashing rave
hair lights and glowing crystal earring in one ear.
At a festival known as
Yuri's Night, a yearly space bash commemorating the
first human in space and the anniversary of the space
shuttle, Vanna Bonta confessed from the stage to the
crowd that she would have been voted least likely to
give a talk about fashion, admitting she often used
paper clips for hair barrettes so she could get on with
what interested her.
From a stage at the NASA Ames Research Facility's
event, Bonta said space is the best inspiration for
style, which should multi-task as well as express
and impress. Agreeing with Yves St. Laurent that fashion
is whimsy but style is a forever thing, the
Flight author said space wear style is all about the
convergence of fashion and function.
Bonta held up a pair of pale blue metallic flats and
praised them as sensible shoes.
she said with a smile,
When you get
and with a flick of her finger, the flats
ejected heels as she finished,
you need something to
It's called the Ever shoe (as in a clever "GoWear
Ever"), and is a combination flat that converts to heel
with telescoping platform or stiletto high heels.
Bonta said Anousheh Ansari, the first female
independent space explorer, deserved to be thanked for
bringing bling to space and making it "human for girls
everywhere" when she mentioned her lip gloss floated
away within five minutes of arriving at the
International Space Station.
Moving beyond "the little black dress" for space,
geek rhymed with chic as Bonta described her idea of
exciting fashion, such as spray on protective "second
skins" that glitter, portable atmosphere and hydration
in balloon couture, self-illuminating purse interiors.
blue tooth earrings, thermal fabric, fabrics in the
brilliant colors of the cosmos, and velvet with fibers
that are sensors.
Bonta's exciting presentation was capped by a
performance by aerialdancers, The Aerial Showgirls, who
choreographed a special dance to Bonta's music about
zero gravity, human wonder, and flight. The acrobatic
stunts included flowing yards of silk fabric like wings
from over 35 feet in the air.
Selected spacewear from a 2007 Tokyo design contest
was showcased at the event by Misuzu Onuki of the
Space Fashion Organization.
Bonta is a familiar face as the actress who plays the
cameo of the hero's young mother in the ever-popular
fantasy movie The Beastmaster. She has flown in zero
gravity and made fashion headlines around the world in
2006 when she revealed the innovation of the 2Suit, a
garment that includes diaphanous inner material designed
for intimacy in the near-weightless environment of