Nicholas de Monchaux : "Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo "

When: Thu., April 21, 5:30 p.m. 2011

The Monty Python guys never wrote an "Astronaut Song," so there's not been much popular mention of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Co. wearing "suspenders and a bra." But when the brave men of Apollo 11 showed up for the lunar mission's premiere, their red-carpet looks were by Playtex. Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo unravels the yarn of these get-ups - specifically the 21 layers of disparately-functioning material, custom-crafted by ladies who knew their way around a pantywaist. Author (and UC Berkeley architecture prof) Nicholas de Monchaux is at University Press Books (2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley) on Thursday, April 21. 5:30 p.m., free. 510-548-0585 or UniversityPressBooks.com.

Stefanie Kalem

Price: free

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