Virgin Galactic taps fashion brand Y-3 for space suit designs

There's apparel for pilots, astronauts and team members on the ground.

If you set out to do something incredible, you should do it looking your best. For Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight venture from Richard Branson, that means teaming up with fashion brand Y-3 to create apparel for its future pilots, astronauts and on-the-ground team operations members. In case you're not familiar, Y-3 is a collaboration between Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto, a decorated and well-respected Japanese designer.

True to Yamamoto's style, the clothing line features a dark theme all around, which will make the Virgin Galactic crew look like they're straight out of a Tron film. Y-3 says it's currently working on pilot flight-suits and boots, and every item is intended to provide a comfortable and tight fit while being worn. The flight-suit, for example, was designed to support a pilot's natural position, while the footwear is made from leather and shock absorption materials, to mention a few details.

As part of today's announcement, Y-3 and Virgin Galactic also revealed a limited edition jacket for passengers of the first Virgin Galactic spaceflights. If you're not one of them, don't worry -- we have a feeling it won't be long before consumer gear starts hitting stores. Until then, though, here's a closer look at the Y-3 and Virgin Galactic flight suits.