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11. 16. 2009

LED Dress Lights Up Your Wardrobe and the Night

One look at this dress and I was blown away by its beauty and innovation. The Galaxy Dress is a one of a kind of creation put together by two designers. Comprised of 24,000 LED lights, 4,000 Swarovski crystals and quite a lot of iPod batteries, this dress is being called "the largest wearable display in the world." While it's a breathtaking creation in still images, video is the only medium that really does this light-up gown any justice.


Designers Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, creators of a "fashionable technology company" called CuteCircuit, reached out to Wired.com to give some background story to the dress.

“We used the smallest full-color LEDs, flat like paper, and measuring only 2 by 2 mm,” say designers Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz in an e-mail. “The circuits are extra-thin, flexible and hand-embroidered on a layer of silk in a way that gives it stretch so the LED fabric can move like normal fabric with lightness and fluidity.”

In addition to all the painstaking LED embroidery, the dress is also constructed of silk chiffon and a pleated silk organza crinoline skirt. No word on how long it took the creators of the Hug Shirt to create this marvel of fashion and technology. But I'm sad to find out that no one will be wearing this dress anytime soon. According to reports, the Galaxy Dress went straight from CuteCircuit onto a mannequin in a museum.

While my teeth gnash in jealously of the mannequin, I'm hopeful to see more of this type of beautiful ingenuity from CuteCircuit and other bold designers.

Posted by sherri    Category: novelty
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