Whenever you aren’t sure what to wear, it’s so easy to go to black. It’s elegant, classic and shows off lines beautifully. Perhaps that’s why these new fashions presented by ElektroCouture have me excited—simple yet bursting with rich detail. If you don’t know ElektroCouture, they are creating bespoke fashions through collaborations with designers and technologists. Their latest work called Future Cities was created with designer Manu Varas. You will never guess what inspired the fashion!
Ornate, elegant attire from the early days of tennis in 19th century Victorian England is the inspiration for FUTURE CITIES. Refined classical designs like pleated skirts and Norfolk jackets are combined with sportswear elements and high tech materials to create a futuristic women’s wear look.
You can check out past Wimbledon winner Charlotte “Lottie” Dod if you want to see what tennis attire was like back in the day. For me, Manu’s work is like Buddhist robes. The sleeves in the shirt not only have a kimono feel, but they also remind me of origami folds. The real fun happens with the trousers, as they combine with a belt that has pleated fabric resembling a skirt. Not sure if you feel like a skirt or pants? Just wear both. The belt really is the design hub of this piece as it also allows for a decorative leather piece adorned with PVC tube LED flowers, serving up a reminder of the beautiful English gardens where tennis and tea were happening.
LEDs are also featured on the collar of the shirt as a soft glow on a ribbon. Just enough light to cause a stir, yet still shrouded by black fabric. Together the ensemble speaks of skyscrapers through its pleats while the LEDs represent the many lights which turn cities into magical places. Somewhere between The Matrix and New York lies this future city, and I’m in love! If you want to have your own lights in the city, check out our tutorial for an Interior Purse Light. It uses LED sequins, a GEMMA microcontroller and a conductive hook and loop closure that acts like a switch. Make your purse a little smarter and your life a little brighter.
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