Electroluminescent Fashion

While doing some research into materiality for the project we came across this artist and her fashion show which was inspired by the universe. The fashion designer, Vega Zaishi Wang, used electroluminescent sheets. It is a material which emits light in response to the passage of an electric current or to a strong electric field.

The garments made their official debut in September 2012 at The Creators Project event in Beijing, where Wang teamed up with UFO Media Lab, electronic musician Zhang Shou Wang, and the lighting wizards at Top Right Optoelectronics to create an immersive, three-dimensional environment for her otherworldly designs.

The dresses are made using silk and the electroluminescent paper. Silk is printed with images of various constellations, nebulas and other universe inspired visions. Then electroluminescent paper, which is both lightweight and flexible, is used to back the silk. Programmed controllers power the luminous dresses, which when lit up, reveal the depths of the universe.

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