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Space Fashion Design Contest at New York Couture Fashion Week
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Feb '09
In an exciting departure from the typical luxury fashion shows during its semi-annual New York event, one of the runway shows to be presented during Couture Fashion Week this season will be Space Couture, a sampling of the highly creative winning designs of a series of competitions. This inventive fashion show will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The concept behind Space Couture began several years ago as a collaboration between RocketPlane Global, an innovative Oklahoma-based company developing sub-orbital space flight programs and options for the public, and fashion designers Eri Matsui and Misuzu Onuki. RocktPlane Global was looking to offer edgy fashion choices to their future passengers and Ms. Matsui and Ms. Onuki had the vision of encouraging up-and-coming fashion designers to create extraordinary clothing through competitions that would bring out their most daring fashion skills.

The first competition in Tokyo was organized in partnership with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and featured nearly 1,000 amateur and professional spacewear entries. A subsequent competition was held in collaboration with the prestigious Iwasaki Gakuen Fashion College in Yokohama, and a recent gala evening of space fashion and related entertainment was held at the NASA Ames facility in California and attracted an enthusiastic audience of over 8,000.

During 2009, another space fashion design competition will be held which will culminate with a gala evening of fashion and entertainment during New York Fashion Week in September 2009. This will be a joint project of SpaceFashion.org and RocketPlane Global. The winner of the Space Fashion Design Contest will receive as the Grand Prize a suborbital space flight with RocketPlane Global, along with a contract to design custom spacewear apparel for the RocketPlane catalog.

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. The event is held in top venues in New York City, Palm Beach, Florida and other selected cities and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services.

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