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The world’s longest illuminated skirt

CuteCircuit established itself firmly in the illuminated fashion domain pushing constantly the technological boundaries far out into the future. Founded by Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, CuteCircuit moved from the early days of the Hug Shirt to textile illumination, creating stage-wear for some of the big names in show-biz. Their latest boundary pushing stage-wear outfit…

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Cycling in style – Sporty Supaheroe jacket

Light animated cycling apparel are on course to become the latest trend in technology enhanced clothing. The advantage of active-light elements for cycling apparel is a greater visibility at night and with it a much lower risk for cyclists to be over run by a car. UTOPE, a cooperation between Wolfgang Langeder (CEO and Designer…

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TeKila Dress

Shipping Toohey, currently working as Design Tutor at the Victoria University of Wellington, designed a light animated dress inspired by alcohol – really, no kidding. While studying different alcohols under a microscope she got fascinated by the geometric color pattern Tequila is exhibiting. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant which grows in red…

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Star light fashion

Jenny, ‘a super newbie to the world of making clothing and work with electronics‘ according to her own assessment, made a super fantastic, star-light animated shirt called Alioth named after a bright white star in the Ursa Major constellation also known as the Big Dipper. I am a fan of simplicity, subtle elegance yet sophisticated…

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Project Runway – the dark light of fashion

Last week’s episode of Project Runway was about ‘electrification’ of fashion indicating that wearable technology awareness slowly enters the world of fashion design. First I was exited to see such prominent placement of wearable tech but after the first few minutes into the show I got hugely disappointed and irritated in the way the ‘innovative…

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VEGA 2012 collection – the bright side of fashion

Almost exactly a year ago I had the pleasure to introduce you to the Vega One collection from Canadian clothing designer Angella Mackey. Angella acquired a diverse background such as new media art, electronics, fashion and product design, elements that enable her to create aesthetically delighting, wearable technology enhanced fashion. Her 2012/13 collection, succeeding the…

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The ‘wow’ factor of Textile Illumination

Integrating light elements into clothing never ever fails to attract astonishment and the ‘wow’ effect when unsuspecting people come for the first time in contact with illuminated clothing. I experienced this first hand while working on illuminated textiles, a rewarding feeling for the designer. What puzzles me is why textile illumination has not been more…

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Take That – video jacket by Moritz Waldemeyer

Besides having cool songs what do have Take That, Will.I.AM, Rhianna, Bono and OK-Go in common? Their light fashion designer Moritz Waldemeyer. Moritz Waldemeyer started to electrify and illuminate the fashion world by cooperating with Fashion design icon Hussein Chalayan back in 2006/07 with the Robotic Dress which was followed by a LED and laser…

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Sound Illuminating Dress

Still in my catch up mode to hunt down interesting material for talk2myShirt I literally stumbled upon a beautiful textile dress made by Chung-Hay Luk and presented at the eTextile and Wearable Computing Showcase last May, the Sound Illuminating Dress. The Sound Illuminating Dress is a cleverly designed strapless dress which made the technology involved…

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Vega – a new light on the fashion horizon

Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and the fifth brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere gave the inspiration for Canadian clothing designer Angella Mackey who resides currently in Gothenburg, Sweden for her first illuminated fashion design, the Vega One. The Vega One is a medium to lightweight Spring dress coat made of…

Illuminated fashion – Into the Deep by Vega Wang

If you are inspiring fashion designer with parents working in the engineering field then it is almost pre-programmed that you will become very likely a fashion-technology designer like Vega Wang. China born Vega Wang, a graduate of BA Fashion Design Womenswear in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, got her calling…

Rhyme&Reason – knitwear and fabric enlivened by illumination

Two years ago Mary Huang, at that time student of Design|Media Arts department at UCLA started weaving and knitting with light. The interview I have done with her was inspiring and shed already some light on her future relation with fashion and technology. Fast forward into our present day, Mary’s Rhyme&Reason collection evolved technically up…

The CuteStore by CuteCircuit

One of the pioneers and trendsetter in the wearable technology fashion world, London based CuteCircuit has made their name by integrating new functionality into fashion through the use of smart textiles and micro electronics. This integration has been recently demonstrated with the design of dresses for Katy Perry and Safura or the Galaxy Dress. To…

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Kristi Kuusk, MA student at Estonian Academy of Arts keeps on exploring the possibilities of light elements in fashion accessories for a meaningful, emotional fashion design. Earlier this year we posted about her LED sparkling skirt that interacts with a ring to ignite the sparkle on the shirt. Her latest design which she did together…

Illuminated heels by Francesca Castagnacci

Illuminating clothing, footwear or other fashion accessories inspire a growing number of designer who explore the possibilities of active light elements for fashion. Italian-born fashion designer Francesca Castagnacci used the active light element as her inspiration to design Heels that contain fiber-optic material to emit subtle, classy soft color shades, not the usual, bright flashing…

Photonic Textiles by Karma Chameleon

Color changing, light emitting textiles are captivating, they radiate sophistication and innovation. But to achieve a pleasant to look effect is very challenging form a technology point of view. A collaboration between Joanna Berzowska at XS Labs and Maksim Skorobogatiy at the Advanced Photonic Structures Group, both based in Canada, formed the ‘Karma Chameleon‘ to…

Safura – Illuminated Drip-Drop dress

Cute Circuit seems to have found a bright spot in the showbiz by designing gorgeous looking, illuminate stage wear for artists. The latest design from Francesca Rosella is a gorgeous looking illuminated dress worn by singer Safura, representing Azerbaijani at the Eurovision 2010 song contest. The deep blue chiffon dress is equipped with small LEDs…

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Canadian designer-artist Valérie Lamontagne founded 3lectromode with the vision of innovating in the field of wearables by combining technology with customizable prêt-â-porter fashion. Valérie and her small design group is focusing on the development of accessible wearables combining state-of-the-art technology and current fashion research, creating designs that resonate with our everyday needs as well as…

Rihanna lights up in red LED Dress

The list of top artists performing in illuminated stage outfit is growing rapidly, representing a trend that might swap over from the stage to the streets one day. Rihanna and Moritz Waldemeyer did it again, lighting up the stage with a gorgeous looking LED dress for her ‘Last Girl On Earth tour‘ which kicked off…

SKÔN – beautiful illuminated hoodie

Paula Kassenaar and Paula Segura Meccia, students at the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland took on the challenge to develop over the course of just one week during a module for an ‘exploration into textiles and electronics’ given by the faculty at the Wearable Senses division by the teachers Michel…

Lady Gaga’s shape changing Living Dress

Lady Gaga is not only famous for her hit songs like ‘Poker Face‘ or ‘Paparazzi‘ she is equally famous for her love to fashion experiments so it was only a matter of time until the Lady showed one of the most sophisticated stage outfits, the ‘Living Dress‘, while performing ‘So Happy I Could Die‘ at…

Haute Tech LED-coat

Dutch designer Wendy Legro uses light as style element in a coat design which radiates simplicity and minimalistic sophistication. Her LED coat design features folds that open and close during movements. Inside the folds are LEDs which light up, illuminating the folds and the surrounding area. One of the most beautiful textile light designs I…

LFLECTive fashion accessories from Lost Values

Lost Values a UK based company founded by designer-maker Elena Corchero, added to their innovative, technology enhanced collection a beautiful looking example how a little technology that has been around for a long time in not-so-sexy-looking roadwork jackets into classy, stylish hats and scarves fit for the high-street fashionistas. The LFLECT Woolly Hat and LFLECT…

Show of Light – color explosion on your dress

Our first technology enhanced fashion item of 2010 comes from Marina Polakoff, fashion designer and interactive technologies enthusiast who creates costumes for music and dance shows. Marina’s gorgeous looking dresses set the right frame for a colorful and eventful wearable electronic year ahead of us. Her garments interact with music, voice and movements, blending the…

Illuminated wedding dress by Alison Lewis

Creating illuminated clothing is not just about adding light points to a garment. It easily can end up being more a kind of Christmas decoration than a style statement. Alison Lewis is one of the eTextile artists who understands the relation between technology and fashion design perfectly as her latest creation, the Lighted Wedding Dress,…

Magical, illuminated evening gown by Lynne Bruning

Lynne Bruning, textile enchantress, award winning fashion designer with love to exclusive wearable art and creator not only of countless, highly interesting eTextile Instructables has published her latest creation of technology enhanced fashion, the ‘Mrs. Mary Atkins-Holl‘ dress, a illuminated evening gown inspired by 19th century fashion but made with 21st century eTextile technology. Inspired…

GalaxyDress by CuteCircuit

Interactive clothing designer Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, owner of CuteCircuit and creator of the famous HugShirt aim to light up future fashion with the GalaxyDress concept design. The illuminated fabric is made by using thin, 2 x 2 mm LEDs, hand embroider them on a layer of silk with conductive yarn traces for connections….