Make your own glowing spike fashion accessory using 3D printing with NinjaFlex flexible filament to diffuse a strip of NeoPixel LEDs, controlled by GEMMA inside a flexible stitch- or pin-on enclosure. Check out our full tutorial with 3D files and example code!
With Intel’s announcement of a collaboration with Opening Ceremony and Fitbit partnering with Tory Burch, the tech industry has been reaching out to the fashion industry to help transform their wearable gadgets into something a bit more fashionable. Outside of Cute Circuit, who debuted their first haute tech collection at NYFW this year, most of the fashion industry has yet to embrace — even explore — wearable technology.
The exception this year was Swiss fashion house Akris, led by designer Albert Kriemler, who sent an illuminated coat, pants and three dresses down the runway.
The collection itself was inspired by German artist Thomas Ruff’s work “Stars,” “Nights” and “ma.r.s.”
The embroidered LEDs played nicely with the space motif. The e-boridery (or electronic embroidery) was a collaboration between Forster Rohner and AKRIS.
Seth Moczydlowski is normally an industrial designer, however, when a group of fashion design students needed an Arduino capable member, he picked up a needle and thread. While members of the group worked on the dress design, Seth worked on a circuit mock-up using a FLORA microcontroller, NeoPixels and a microphone. Check out his method of prototyping using Arduino and Processing in this video. This is great for working with light patterns in any wearable!
The majority of the circuit is hidden in a fabric belt, with a nicely finished pocket for the battery. Following Adafruit best practices, Seth sealed all of his knots of conductive thread using clear nail polish. This is really important for a lasting creation, as the thread has a tendency to unravel. As you can see in the video below, the result is a beautiful dress that reacts to sound. Thanks to the cutouts in the flower design (which looks laser-cut), the light cascades nicely onto the dress.
Considering many people choose black or white for their canvas of LEDs, it’s refreshing to see a coral colored wearable. Seth was definitely pleased with the results.
In the end, this project was very enjoyable. It got me out of the normal bounds of Industrial Design and afforded me some great exposure to a new hardware platform. Additionally, it was an excellent exercise in scheduling, as we all had different schedules and could only meet once a week to work on the project details. The actual construction of the dress was very rigorously timed so that it could be completed on schedule.
With these great results, Seth can probably expect an even tighter schedule. Got an industrial designer in your life? No worries, we’ve got tutorials that are perfect for you. Check out the Sparkle Skirt.
Luke Jerram worked with Jewlery designer Tamraker to create a wedding band with a mini lens and transparent slide that projects an image of the couple-to-be. via SlipperyBrick
How do you make your wedding ring stand out these days, among all of the rest? Put a projector in it. Groom-to-be Luke Jerram worked with jewelry designer Tamrakar on this bespoke projector ring design. It has a mini lens and transparent slide with a tiny image of himself and his bride that is ‘projected’ when you shine light through it.
The image can be changed to whatever you want in there, so you aren’t stuck with just one image. Sadly, this is just a one-off design, so if you want one you are on your own.
Tech in Motion celebrated Social Media Week with their Wearable Tech Fashion Show in NY. As the only participating U.S. city in this world wide event, the venue was packed, and photographer Olivia Christina squeezed through the crowd to capture images. One of the top designers was Sensoree with “therapeutic bio.media”. The photo above shows one of the designs combining knitting, 3D printing and an EEG monitor to map thoughts and match brain states to colors. Here’s another thoughtful piece, a mood sweater that uses galvanic skin response to show how excited the wearer is through LEDs in the collar. Sensoree is very intrigued by physical movement and has worked with dance companies — the pieces are a true pleasure floating down the runway.
Another future thinking designer, Continuum, utilizes 3D printing to create shoes. A variety of styles was displayed, including intricate cut-outs, and wedges that even Cat Girl would approve of. Although the style below seems rather prismatic, many of the shoes have an organic feel, resembling vines and petals. With so many people having foot concerns, it may well be that 3D printing is the future of all footwear. Imagine custom beds and shoes made individually for your feet. This area shows lots of potential and Continuum has already posted “invites” for pre-orders on their site.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, 3D printing was also shown for fingernails. The Laser Girls have used their design abilities in the field of nail art with stunning results. Not only are they doing nails, but they are also doing nail rings. Textures range from knobby bright colored pixels to smoother gothic filagree. One texture that is particularly interesting on their site is the faux stone finish. Many women were fascinated with this affordable entry into tech fashion, so expect to see more like it in the future.
Adding a big splash of color to the runway was Leslie Birch’s FLORAbrella. You may remember she was one of the winners of our Adafruit/Element 14 Get Closer Challenge. Cameras were in the air for the rainbow pattern and Tweets referred to it as “my high-tech umbrella.” Many people at the show were shocked to learn that they could make it themselves, using a FLORA microcontroller, Neopixels and color sensor.
Many of these fashions are proprietary, but can be accomplished by a DIYer through open source. Look to 3D printing resources such as Thingiverse and microcontrollers like our FLORA and Gemma. One thing these fashions all share is a sense of customization for the user, and there is no better way to customize than to make it yourself. Why not start off with our color changing scarf project? Make the streets your runway!
There are often tears at weddings but you’d need to be careful if you wore one of these creations as they dissolve when they come into contact with water.
The elaborate designs are the result of an unlikely marriage between fashion and engineering students at Sheffield Hallam University.
They combined forces to create a wedding dress that could be dissolved after the wedding to transform it into five new fashion pieces. As each layer of the dress is dissolved it reveals the next piece, while the last layer is intended to be kept as a memento. The layers are made of polyvinvyl alcohol, an environmentally-friendly polymer that dissolves when it comes into contact with water…
Jane Blohm, a lecturer on the fashion design course at Sheffield Hallam, said: “The students wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once and aimed to explore modern society’s attitudes towards throwaway fashion.
“The project is a union between art and technology which explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing. The wedding gown is perhaps one of the most iconic and symbolic garments in humanity’s wardrobe and represents the challenges of ‘throwaway fashion’.
Sam Baumel was faced with a challenge — design a pair of kicks for his cousin’s wedding. Being a lover of the moving image, he decided to make a shoe that would embody his passion.
The groomsmen were told to pick a theme (like robots or superheroes) for their Converse All-Star High Tops. My theme?…SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. The gem-encrusted Converse spit light in circles from heel to toe with each step, hop and twerk. I danced the night bright with sequins on my socks and LED cuff link accents.
You can check out Sam’s craftsmanship, as well as his love of fun graphics (Spoiler Alert), in this video.
When asked about his genius, Sam admitted that the shoes were an Adafruit inspiration.
The shoes are modeled off the Adafruit Learning System, but I added some of my own rhinestone flare. An earlier prototype was built for Burning Man using EL Tape, velcro and traditional force resistors. Those force resistors sent a few too many electrical shocks to the heel Adafruit’s suggestion of using Velostat and LED strips worked MUCH better
We have to agree he has dazzling talents, especially patience in attaching all of those rhinestones. In the end, it’s worth it to be seen on a dance floor in an original creation. Are you ready for the wearable tech movement? Get your kicks out of our tutorial.
Fendi is going to broadcast its fall/winter 2014 show on Thursday not just by regular photography or video, but by drone. A fancy little bot will fly above the runway during the show, taking aerial pictures with a high-definition camera that will be immediately visible on the show’s live-stream. This confirms our sneaking suspicions: Live-streams really are better than going to the actual show.
The Fendi drone, which the house hails as “an innovative project” that “surpasses the traditional notion of fashion shows,” is supposedly a sign of Fendi’s commitment to innovation and creativity — but demonstrates no discernible link to Jeff Bezos’s Amazon drones that will soon take over the world. To us, the Fendi drone just sounds like a good way to mix up the tried-and-true format of a fashion show.
But the real question: Will Fendi put them on key chains? The new Fendi bug bag: the Fendi drone bag?
The looks above are from Rodarte’s Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear line that debuted at New York Fashion Week this year. Interestingly enough, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi had a similar idea for their latest collection which was shown during London’s Fashion Week. It looks like geek is becoming the new chic!
Up close and behind the scenes at the landmark New York Fashion Week debut of the interactive fashion label CuteCircuit. The show brings for the first time to a major international fashion week fashions that include advanced wearable technology, seamlessly integrated in beautiful couture and demi-couture ready-to-wear. For the first time in fashion’s history the models control what their dresses will look like on the runway through their mobile phones.
While some are exploring the use of solar energy with clothing, Kolon Sport is exploring wind energy, according to Design Week. Its Life Tech jacket has a tri-layered system for water and wind protection, and also features a first aid and survival kit. But the real interest lies in its power generation capability.
It also features a wind-turbine mounted on the jacket sleeve, which can be angled to generate power throughout the day when the wearer is on the move. It can be used to power devices such as GPS and smartphones, as well as the jacket’s built-in Heatex system, which provides up to seven hours of heat up to a temperature of 40-50ºC.
The wind turbine can also be attached to the side of a tent at night for continued energy harvesting.
The jacket was developed by Semourpowell to address basic needs such as shelter, warmth and communication.
Ian Whatley, associate design director at SeymourPowell, says, ‘The concept was born from invaluable insights gathered by working with leading experts in extreme survival; so we’re absolutely confident that the design and features are based on solid foundations.
Although this garment is designed for survival, it may have a use in windy cities. Could a daily commute include wind power? Attaching a turbine at the elbow allows for hand movement and stride, but perhaps it could be done on the back of belts or on top of hats. Just a few weeks ago, wind turbines the size of rice were in the news, so perhaps wind energy in our threads will eventually be common.
If you are like most people, a white shirt doesn’t stay clean for long. Maybe you don’t relish the idea of smelling like bleach at the next party. Hello, nanotechnology! Check out this practical example as reported on CNet.
Silic is billed as “self-cleaning clothing with hydrophobic nanotechnology,” and it’s nearly tripled its funding goal on Kickstarter. Silic creator Aamir Patel, a San Francisco student who successfully funded shirts that can be written on with light, holds a can of NeverWet in the promo vid and says it contains a chemical known to cause cancer and birth defects, referring to California warnings on the label. (Rust-Oleum, maker of NeverWet, counters that the product is safe.)
Patel says the Silic shirt doesn’t pose such dangers, and resists everything from sodas to ketchup to soy sauce, and, of course, water and bacteria. This feature is said to last up to 80 wash cycles.
Check out the clean shirt dream yourself.
Nanotechnology is already being used to take ordinary cotton and give it color changing properties, making it useful for military, as well as fashion purposes. Now we just need Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak.
Meet Vanilla Nieves, Chihuahua and professional model. She recently garnered attention at the New York Pet Fashion Show with her LED studded skirt and collar. Her couture was designed by two Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) pet fashion designers — Ada Nieves and Gladys Delgado-Garced. Here’s what Gladys had to say about the design.
I attend a dog fundraiser each February, and based on the theme, I come up with a design. This year it was luminaries, and when my friend sent me the skirt I thought, why not do rain patterns?
Gladys loves LEDs and immediately set to work on constructing the circuit. She started with a small matrix and gradually increased the size, testing as she went along. The final skirt had a total of 96 surface mount LEDs — 81 on the skirt matrix and 15 on the collar matrix.
I like the electronics, the fact that the animations can be changed hundreds of times. I like the way the matrix turned out, and with the two microcontrollers you can do patterns like diamonds, rain and X’s. People were in awe and very impressed. They really liked the lights and even MTV was there. I like that pets can enjoy fashion, too!
Obviously these two ladies enjoy their petite clients, so expect to see more glam designs. Want to turn your dog into Lady ChiHuaHua? Get a FLORA or GEMMA microcontroller and some NeoPixels for your creation.
New York fashion-tech startup Bow & Drape has raised $1.2 million in seed funding to help women make custom apparel and accessories online that will be “enduring statement pieces” in their wardrobes, Chief Executive Aubrie Pagano said.
The company is one of several “mass customization” businesses to attain venture funding and move into experiments with 3-D printing of late. For example, Matter.io’s experimental store DYO.co and Sols Systems Inc. are using 3-D printing to make jewelry and orthotics, respectively.
Bow & Drape’s textiles and leather are sourced, manufactured or sewn by vendor-partners around the U.S., including in New York and Las Vegas. But the company 3-D prints some of its accessories.
The startup plans to use some of its funding to create and sell new lines of accessories in 2014, relying on another New York startup, Shapeways Inc., for 3-D printing of those items.
Larger brands are also embracing 3-D printing. Last year, Nike Inc. introduced 3-D printed cleats, dubbed the Vapor Laser Talon, which were worn by NFL players in the Super Bowl; and this month, 3D Systems Corp. and Hershey Co. launched a partnership to develop a variety of 3-D printed chocolates and even printers that will extrude 3-D chocolates.