This week on Art Uncovered: Nicholas de Monchaux. Nicholas is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo. The book chronicles how the Playtex company — known to most for making bras and girdles — beat out traditional military contractors for the job of designing the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong eventually wore on the surface of the moon. Nicholas sets this story in the larger context of technology’s relationship to the human body, touching on everything from androids and Christian Dior to sci-fi and city planning.
Nicholas is an assistant professor of Architecture at Berkeley, and I recently spoke with him via Skype about his book and the multi-layered history of one of the 20th century’s most iconic objects.
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