This new fashion tech comes as another Twitter surprise from Lisa Lang of ElektroCouture in the fab city of Berlin. This was her late night DM: “Pssst – we’re getting serious!” I’ve blogged about the work of ElektroCouture for quite some time, but I never heard a peep about serious before. Turns out the bespoke fashion tech house discovered that Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich had imagined a gorgeous glowing dress that she discussed in detailed letters back in 1958 to designer Jean Louis. She definitely wanted to appear mysterious.
“This way I can light up and take the light off at will. This will puzzle the people, which is good. They will not know if they imagine the light or if they are there.“
Of course back in the day the dress would have emerged as a bulky tangle of obvious wires and big glass bulbs that never would have lived up to the perfection and style of Marlene. However, now in the 25th year of celebrating Dietrich, the dress has been brought to life by lead designer Anja Dragan. It’s elegantly modest with soft gathers in the right places, allowing the flowers and LEDs to shine. Collaborations for this couture piece including specially designed crystals by Swarovski that fit perfectly with the flower-like Osram LEDs, and material from Forster Rohner, famous for producing conductive fabrics and conductive embroidery technology.
As if the dress itself wasn’t enough, there is a documentary about the project filmed by CO2 Berlin that will be screened on ARTE May 7th, the same day as the opening event for ElektroCouture. I’m sure the behind-the-scenes tour will be every bit as interesting as this new fashion. So Berliners, you know where you need to be for the star treatment. As for those of you who want to combine embroidery with LEDs, check out our Sparkle Skirt tutorial. You can make a skirt that twinkles with your every movement. How’s that for mysterious?
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