It can be seen from Musk's photos that the design of his space clothes is very different from those used since the early 1960s, when Gagarin made the first manned Earth orbit flight. Technology has greatly improved astronaut suits over the decades, making them safer and more functional, however, only now has the heavy and uncomfortable structure given way to a more modern and sleek design. SpaceX has not yet released many details about the outfit, but Musk claims the new spacesuit has been designed to not only look more appealing, but to also associate this elegance with safety.
"Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately."
Elon Musk, 2017
This item first featured on the InnovaSpace blog 3/09/17 - www.innovaspace.org
(English translation of an article published in Portuguese in the newspaper Diário Popular, Pelotas)