When they first met in 2007, Ted Southern and Nik Moiseev came from two very different worlds. Nik had spent over two decades working in the Soviet Union and Russia as an engineer of cutting edge garments that would be used to take cosmonauts by Soyuz rocket up to the International Space Station. Ted was an artist and sculptor who had studied at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute and worked as an apprentice at a costuming studio in Manhattan. The closest he had come to having a garment of his fly to outer space was at Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, where models still wear his impressive angel wings.
- by David Feinberg
Smithsonian Magazine: The spacesuits that kept U.S. astronauts alive now owe their survival to one woman.