light dance

Neuromicrographs and Light - Science Meets Couture Fashion

 Photo: Joe Belcovson, Salk Institute

Photo: Joe Belcovson, Salk Institute

 

awards and shows

2017: Textiles and Technology Award, Surface Design Association 2017 Annual International Exhibition In Print

2017: Salk Design and Discovery Fashion Show, La Jolla, CA

First Place - Most Innovative

Second Place - Best Translation

First Place - Most Innovative (online voting)

2017: Visions Art Museum, Luminous Fashion Show, San Diego, CA

 

Light and movement

Light Dance responds to the wearer's movements with internal lights that brighten and quicken when she walks and dim when she is still.

 Photo: Howard Max

Photo: Howard Max

construction

Light Dance is a two-piece gown with over 60 embedded LEDs. The controller and batteries are housed in an external 3-D printed case that connects to the bodice and skirt to control the movement of lights within the garment.

 Light Dance on the runway, Salk Institute, October 2017

Light Dance on the runway, Salk Institute, October 2017

design

Light Dance was designed in collaboration with a neuroscientist. Using neuromicrographic imagery in the bodice (seen in the detail above), the gown simulates the structure and function of the cerebellum in coordinating perfectly controlled movement. Pearl beading and silver embroidery adorn the bodice.

 Photo: Howard Max   

Photo: Howard Max

 

 
 Light Dance on the runway, Salk Institute, October 2017

Light Dance on the runway, Salk Institute, October 2017