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Style Like U: “Carter Emmart”

“Whatever I wear is just a reflection of the delight that I have in being able to be exposed to the
world. I try to take this view as we go into space and bring it to humanity, as we are all afloat on
this one ball, this Paradise in the Universe.” Carter Emmart


“Carter is the Director of Astrovisualization at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History.

While the fashion business shakes over the new wave of Paris Hilton-types in the front row, I am quaking over Carter, whose fashion reflects both his travels worldwide and literally out of this world, as the one who is responsible for taking the science of the universe and making it visible. He feels that to understand something and to turn it into a whole career, one should have a deep knowledge of that subject. Carter has not only worked at NASA and with the second person to walk on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he regularly visits and studies about places such as the Hindu Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia, a ruin built in the twelfth-century that he has been fascinated with since he was a kid. He feels that places like this, as well as cathedrals and other stone edifaces that are odes to God, are models of the universe in their attempt to reach for the heavens, much like the plantetarium today. The jewelry and scarves piled on his neck and wrists, from Bangkok, Vietnam, Mali, Greece, and many places in between, are as much a reflection of the all-encompassing scope of his life as a scientist of the stars as his jumpsuit from 8th St. circa 1985 (worn as much for fashion as for the hope of going into space). Carter’s office is a virtual, cosmic, mind-blowing creative explosion of everything from children’s toys and books to the most esoteric publications and every conceivable artifact of the journey of his life imaginable (see the picture captions). In the case of Carter, the leopard jeans and Dirty Rat Bastard sneakers are all about the vision of the man who wears them. I don’t know many whose perspective literally comes from Mars and back.”


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THANK YOU Nanette Lepore! "Fashion Line Inspired by Mars"…"The Celebrity Planet"

From The Atlantic:

“Mars may not be the hottest planet … but it is, apparently, the hottest planet. Images of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover buzz and ping around Facebook and Twitter. Elon Musk talks colonization of the planet with more and more media buy-in. Bobak Ferdowsi, flight director for the Curiosity mission, was a guest of Michelle Obama at last night’s State of the Union address. 

And now, the suddenly-fashionable planet has become, quite literally, fashionable.
Nanette Lepore, the designer best known for frilly and ruffly and otherwise dreamy outfits, debuted her Fall 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week this morning. The theme? Mars. Not space, mind you, but Mars. “Moody tones and spacey surfaces define Nanette’s fall collection as she explores the contours of Mars,” the designer’s Tumblr explained. (Earlier: “Nanette’s fall fashion show inspiration is out of this world. Honey, let’s go to Mars.”) 

The collection itself, which walked the runway accompanied by a beep-bop-boop-y soundtrack that perfectly captures how the ’60s saw the 2000s, is certainly spacey: It features holographic leathers; sharp, vaguely mechanical angles; and mod-style shapes … all punched up with bursts of — yep — red.”

 This is the image Lepore pointed to as the direct inspiration for the collection:

And that image, actually, is inaccurate as a depiction of Mars. The photo, a view of the Endeavor cratertaken by the Opportunity rover in March 2012, is a false-color image: It’s a mosaic comprised of a dozen or so images taken through the rover’s Pancam filters and centered on different wavelengths: 753 nanometers (near infrared), 535 nanometers (green), and 432 nanometers (violet). The sweeping view of the crater would, with more natural coloring, appear to be dusty-red; it’s presented in false color to emphasize the textures of the Martian landscape. 

And yet the false image seems to be what inspired the fashion designer: The collection not only features its shocks of bright red, but it also relies heavily on the greens-and-aquas that are present in Mars images only in faux-photographic form. Lepore’s trip to Mars is, more accurately, a trip to “Mars.” The clothes themselves — the works of art — are themselves based on art. Which seems, considering how much we have left to learn about Mars, appropriate. We may go there in the name of science; the planet lives for most of us, however, as something much more frilly, much more ruffly — much more dreamy — than that.

Hat tip Heather Horn.”