We have seen the LED-Dress from Hussein Cahalayan but the $ 16.000,- might be a bit too much for some of us.
Do not fret, I can show you a way to have a similar ‘head turning’ outfit for your next summer-night party for just $ 70-80 with a bit of DIY and the fabulous instruction from Laura Cesari posted on the Craftzine Blog.
The dress is based on an A-line skirt pattern; a cone-shaped skirt that bunches with gravity and creates organic-looking folds. It has 2 layers: a shiny satin layer underneath, and a translucent chiffon layer on top.
The shiny satin layer is adorned with decorative flames shaped in electroluminescent wire: a battery-powered, plastic-coated wire that emits light for a glow-in-the-dark effect. The light intensity of EL technology is not very high, the best use is in low light = nightly settings.
The pattern and materials work together to soften the hard lines of the EL wire and to create a fiery animated effect when the dress is “walked”: the gold satin reflects the electro-luminescence, and the contrasting maroon chiffon overlay creates a range of light intensity as it floats closer and further away from the satin and EL. With 3AA batteries, the fire will burn for about 6 hours.
Next to the very detailed instruction on the Craftzine Blog, Laura gives a complete list of materials needed (total about $ 70-80) and sources where to get this materials (especially the technical stuff like EL-wire and power supply).
To make it very easy to follow, a total of 9 videos are part of the DIY instruction in which you can follow Laura through the whole skirt creation process.
This is the first of the 9 videos:
If you are in a hurry to get your own Fire Skirt, Laura is selling one on Etsy.com for $ 1,450.- At the time of this writing, it was still up for sale, so hurry over and order or …. DIY. Shouldn’t be too difficult with her fabulous instruction.