September 10, 2014 AT 5:00 am

It’s a Wearable Fashion Orchestra #WearableWednesday

Get ready for this blend of my favorite things presented recently at the FAB Lab Conference and Festival in Barcelona — a Wearable Fashion Orchestra. This work is a collaboration between Marina Castana, Miguel Gonzalez and Gerard Rubio. Through its description, you can see there is something to appeal to everyone.

A live show that merges fashion and technology to establish an intimate interaction between the wearable/instrument and the dancer/performer, a textile orchestra that creates a musical composition through a contemporary dance choreography, a fashion collection that becomes a synesthetic experience.

You may recognize Gerard Rubio’s name from his OpenKnit project. It’s no surprise that he is involved with this work, considering it features stretch costumes. Gerard’s equipment wasn’t able to handle these shapes yet, so Marina and Miguel found students from Escola Superior de Disseny to help them create the costumes. Stretch sensors are the stars for this project with the help of Arduino Fio, which handles the Xbee communication. So, the costumes send data wirelessly to a computer for the synth music.

Gerard explained that this fashion orchestra actually started as another idea for a Samsung competition for fashion for the catwalk. It began with a large knit loop worn around the shoulders that could create music. That’s when things got interesting.

We wanted the expand the capabilities of this idea in a catwalk, so we thought instead of having one instrument, have an entire band that would play music with the movement of their body; the fashion collection would be the instruments. We didn’t win the call, but we just couldn’t keep that idea on a paper. We wanted cool moves, so we combined all this with a contemporary dance company.


They not only ended up with cool moves, but also an interesting project. I’m still intrigued by the way the dancers communicate with fabric and the relationships and barriers that form. It’s a reminder that each day is an opportunity to connect. So, take this minute to get a connection of your own going. Check out our guide on FLORA Sensors and create outfits that react with light and sound. You’ll soon be forming your own modern dance group.

Flora Sensors


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