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Vivienne Tam’s Spring collection is the best NASA-inspired fashion yet

Continuing with the trend of NASA-inspired fashion, Vivienne Tam’s Spring/Summer runway looks for 2017 are sprinkled with the NASA logo, metallic silver, and what Tam’s press materials describe as “Astro orange” and “NASA blue.” The line was debuted at Fashion Week in New York on September 12th, and was first brought to my attention by The Startorialist. Tam’s press materials describe her influence as Houston, Texas (the butterflies, cowboy motif, and flowers pull from local ecology; there’s also a ton of fringe) — but I’m here for NASA.

One thing: the collection uses two of NASA’s logos, the current one, and an older logo, nicknamed “the worm.” That logo hasn’t been used officially since 1992, when it was unceremoniously dumped for a return to NASA’s “meatball” logo, the once-and-current king of NASA branding. (The Hubble space telescope, however, does still carry the worm.) The “meatball” dates to 1959; it was never truly phased out because the employees liked it so much. Apparently designers loathed it — but Tam, splitting the difference, uses both. The worm appears one one leg of a pair of pants; the meatball on the other leg. The meatball is on a space-silver jacket; the worm is on the t-shirts, including a tie-dye number that I would like to live in. Alert: my birthday is coming up.

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  • A nice white dress

    A nice white dress

    White butterfly garden lace long dress with NASA and butterfly appliqués (Dan Lecca for Vivienne Tam)

  • Far-out NASA tie-dye

    Far-out NASA tie-dye

    Taupe ultra suede fringe jacket, cotton Montrose tie dye NASA tee shirt, orange cotton palm tree print skirt (Dan Lecca for Vivienne Tam)

  • Yes, that’s the snake logo

    Yes, that's the snake logo

    Denim studded jacket with cotton Montrose tie dye skirt, NASA tee shirt, checkerboard Rodeo print shoulder bag (Dan Lecca for Vivienne Tam)

  • Bodice of snakes

    Bodice of snakes

    Denim long dress with NASA and Rodeo badges, pink cotton Montrose tie dye tee shirt (Dan Lecca for Vivienne Tam)

  • Blast off, baby

    Blast off, baby

    AWC red mini star embroidered cotton shirt, NASA wide leg jeans, taupe suede fringe bag (Dan Lecca for Vivienne Tam)

  • Both meatball and snake!

    Both meatball and snake!

    NASA badge silver coated twill off shoulder blouse, white cotton twill pant (Dan Lecca for Vivienne Tam)

  • Space City, here we come

    Space City, here we come

    NASA Bayou appliquéd white tulle dress with HTOWN logo badge (Dan Lecca for Vivienne Tam)

  • Seriously, my birthday is coming up

    Seriously, my birthday is coming up

    NASA badge silver coated twill jacket, ivory knit top, ivory pleated lace tiered skirt (Dan Lecca for Vivienne Tam)


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