The notion of reincarnation lies behind the genesis of this piece. A continuation from the designer’s previous project, it is inspired by the white nights of the Arctic summer, when the sun never fully sets: the surface of the dress features a special embroidery with active lighting that gives clothing a new dimension. Originally designed for a show, where it interacted with its surrounding, this technologically sophisticated and visually impactful dress now sparkles in the darkness.
The piece features two layers of technical fabric that reflects the light coming from the embroidered textile placed in between. Using Forster Rohner Textile Innovations’ e-broidery® technology, which integrates lighting into textiles without compromising their washability and drapability, this custom-made part consists of 336 LEDs that can be individually programmed in different modes. Following the folds of the silhouette, the discrete LED sequins are placed on both sides of the material. The circuitry is powered by a small rechargeable battery, which is sewn onto the invisible part of the dress.
Design for // SPDFSHN show in Munich
Technology // collaboration with ElektroCouture
Photo // backstage at the photoshoot with Andreas Waldschütz