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( Originally Published 1963 )
When we women first step out of our sleek shiny rockets and onto the cold and rocky face of the moon, we may not be able to wear the kind of clothes they show in the windows of Lord and Taylor. Designers, after all, will first have to solve such problems as how to keep skirts down in a gravityless atmosphere, how to keep Madam warm but attractive, what fabrics will float well, what colors will best show up against the dark and barren landscape of at least one half of the moon-and so forth. We'll be worrying about what to take to the Sea of Tiberius instead of to Miami or Palm Beach.
Certainly chemists will be working on all sorts of new artificial fabrics. What will come out of their future pots? Hard to say, but possibilities include un-tearable materials, ever-clean cloth (remember The Man in the White Suit?) that literally cannot get dirty, fabrics that can be folded or draped to hold their shape permanently, fabrics that shine in the dark-After all, we already have, besides Nylon, Orlon, Dacron and the other old-familiar synthetics, a host of new ones like Lilion, Perlon, Tricel. Helion, Ortalion, Duracol, Terital, and Diolen. Who can say what will happen once scientists get their hands on moondirt and whatever new chemical compounds moon mountains may be made of.As for fashion itself, it's a pretty safe guess there'll be even more variety in the way women dress than there is now. Our world will continue to shrink, and nations and people will all be much more influenced by one another. Women anywhere in the world may wear saris, Chinese side-slit, side-buttoned dresses, Spanish flounced skirts, Eskimo parkas, Turkish pantaloons, the African or Moslem burnoose-and so forth. Great designers will call on any and all of these once-native costumes to produce even more interesting and individual clothes than today-and they will be able to be copied perfectly for less than nothing.
Frankly, none of this is too far-fetched to be lightly dismissed. Things are moving fast these days. Personally I've already got special valises for future travel (they come equipped with anchors that hook on to the space ship), and I'm just waiting till they issue tickets for the first rocket.
Yes, the future and man's boundless curiosity predicts a fantastic, magical, different tomorrow. But some things, I'm sure will still be the same. Women, for instance, will still want to be beautiful, and who knows, this book may even make its way into a moon library some day. For, in or out of orbit, men will still appreciate women's efforts to be beautiful and will doubtless look at moon women with the same moony eyes.