These clothes soon may be all the rave: Fiber science and physics students have teamed to create fashionable “smart” garments with vivid, luminescent panels that pulse to music.
Undergraduates will model “Irradiance” – a collection of electrogarments designed by Eric Beaudette ’16, fiber science; Lina Sanchez Botero, graduate student in the field of fiber science; and Neal Reynolds, graduate student in the field of physics – on the runway at the Cornell Fashion Collective, Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m. at Barton Hall.
“This collection is inspired by the future – and present – of wearable technology being more and more integrated into fashion and daily life,” explains Beaudette. “These garments depict our vision of fashion of the future, having increased function and compatibility with devices, such as smartphones.”
The fabricated, fashionable clothes capture your attention. They shimmer with optical fiber cloth illuminated by controllable RGB LEDs (red-green-blue light-emitting diodes) and strips of electroluminescent tape. The lights react to the beat of the music thanks to an Arduino microcontroller integrated into each garment.
Beyond the sparkling shirts and pulsating pants, runway models will be wearing original, custom-made shoes, created using such techniques as 3-D printing and laser cutting.
The designer team explained that a big challenge is maintaining harmony between the materials, technologies and construction. “Garments with circuitry and other technologies add layers of complexity, especially since these technologies were not originally designed for use with clothing,” Beaudette said.
For the team’s runway display, Natani Notah ’14 will complete the hair and makeup for the models: Emily Roehr ’16, majoring in operations research engineering with a Dyson School business minor; Lauren Cagnassola ’15, environmental engineering; Joel Lawson ’16, chemical engineering; and Madeleine Galvin ’18, nutrition and pre-dental.
The team partnered with a division of Myant & Co., a wearable and embedded technology group; Architects of Intelligent Applications for electroluminescent tape; and Sensing Tex for fiber optics.Read more here:long formal dresses
Clothes with simple designs that cut ornamentation to the bone to pull off a low-key look, along with sophisticated fabrics with beautiful, distinctive textures, were centre stage at Tokyo Fashion Week for autumn-winter 2015-16 held last month.
A variety of works using high-quality natural materials was presented by beautiful people. The works included a poncho of double-faced wool fabric and a long coat using shiny camel's hair.
"I pursued possibilities and the beauty of natural materials based on ideas I conceived from the word virgin," said a designer of the brand. To do so, the brand avoided adding extra decorations and emphasised the high quality of the materials.
Hanae Mori designed by Yu Amatsu, a brand led by young designer Yu Amatsu, presented a long coat in orange. The maxi coat was long enough to cover the ankles and was accentuated by wide sleeves.
When the model wearing the coat walked down the runway, the coat's bottom gracefully billowed behind her, enhancing the smooth wool texture and its vivid colour.
Lamarck, also led by a young designer, used many simple designs, too. A coat using shiny lamb wool gave off a slightly masculine look.
Its light gray, which was meant to add a Scandinavian touch, accentuated the fabric's soft texture.
A jacket and skirt by mintdesigns used see-through fabric bearing geometrical patterns. The patterns were made by partially melting the fabric's texture, enhancing feelings of glamour in the design.
Insisting on focusing on the Japanese sense of beauty, matohu presented a sweater using lame threads and a voluminous skirt whose fabric bore very small dents arranged in a pattern. These items were dimly illuminated by classical Japanese lanterns.
"I want people [wearing them and people who see them] to enjoy the light and shadow made by the fabrics under soft lighting," said a designer in charge.
Tokyo Fashion Week had traditionally featured many clothes with unconventional designs.
This time, however, the trend seemed to shift to more modern, sophisticated elements. Many of the featured designers put more emphasis on considering wearers' comfort by developing textiles, rather than thinking of creating a novel appearance.
Their down-to-earth creations seemed to represent Tokyo Fashion Week maturing.
Gold medalist featured
Rina Akiyama, a blind gold medalist of the female 100-meter backstroke at the London Paralympics, was one of the models of tenbo, a brand that made its debut at Tokyo Fashion Week.
The brand was set up by designer Takafumi Tsuruta last year to make clothes that can be worn regardless of age, sex and physical capability.
Its show presented items such as a coat with buttons equipped with magnets for people with crippled hands to easily take on and off and a wedding dress for wheelchair-bound women.
"I want to present clothes that are not only functional, but also fun to wear for the impaired," Tsuruta said.Read more here:www.marieaustralia.com/cheap-formal-dresses
Saturday night brought on heaps of anxiety, as well as large amounts of excitement. The moment we all spent endless hours preparing for had finally arrived, and we knew it would be over before there was even a full chance to acknowledge it.
I paused to collect my thoughts only briefly in a chair at Salon Myo. There was an hour left until doors opened at the Belly Up and I was shocked at the sight I saw before me in the mirror. I had long, black hair extensions that went down to my belly button. My pale Irish skin was lightly tinted and aglow from the spray-on tan I had gotten earlier that day. And my makeup was caked on heavily, my eyes looking larger than ever with fake eyelashes attached. I rarely even remember to brush my hair in the morning and I typically only wear makeup once or twice a week. And the spray-on tan? Well that was entirely out of character. I was staring at a very different version of myself in the mirror, but I was intrigued by the transformation.
Preparing for this night has taken a great amount of my time in the past month.
So much so that this is the second time I’m writing about it in my column, because frankly, very little else has been on my mind as of late. Often times during the month, friends would ask me why I decided to get involved in such an intense project since it was taking up so much of my free time. I suppose part of the reason was because I was excited to get on a stage and strut my stuff. But really, I felt incredibly fortunate to be able to be involved in something this extensive. For me, it was a privilege, not a chore.
We spent night after night mastering the choreography, memorizing our blocking and familiarizing ourselves with the music. But getting to know our characters and the story behind them was the real challenge for me, and the real reward. Each person had a story from the emotionally abusive bad boy to the shy girl overcoming depression. It centered on all of our struggles, but showed how community, love and acceptance could help to ease those struggles.
I took on the character of the loner, the outcast that got bullied. Part of the reason that character was incorporated into the show was because of one of the beneficiaries, the Aspen Hope Center, a nonprofit in the Roaring Fork Valley that works to help those in emotional crisis and to decrease the stigma of mental illness. The Hope Center has found that bullying is a large problem in schools in the area. Volunteers and employees from the center spend a lot of time talking to children and teenagers about ways to prevent it. I hadn’t experienced much bullying when I was young, however, as I began to take on the role of the loner, I started to feel like this character, recoiling in front of a large group when they stared at me and often staying oddly quiet during rehearsals.
Others came alive in their characters. Some had never even been on stage before and were down to their bras and underwear in front of a captive audience, shaking their asses confidently. No matter the person’s story, I was so impressed with how we were all able to own our characters, taking on both their weaknesses and their strengths.
We are lucky to have such a philanthropic-minded community. A list I received a few months ago from the Aspen Community Foundation has more than 400 nonprofit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley on it. There are endless opportunities to get involved and make a difference. This particular mission, Aspen Cares, benefitted Aspen Hope Center, Telluride AIDS Benefit, WestCap, AspenOut and Aspen Community Health.
By the time the show was over on Saturday, we were all on cloud nine. Adrenaline and excitement were high and we were eager to celebrate together. It felt so rewarding to see how 30-plus people started as individuals and ended the evening coalesced together as one supportive unit. We had found love and acceptance in a group of young Aspenites who had little idea what they were getting into when they auditioned a month ago for a fashion show.
More so than the cast growing together, we helped to identify and support organizations that have made it their mission to help people overcome mental and sexual struggles similar to the ones we presented on stage.
I felt lucky to be a part of the show because it reiterated something to me that I often forget: Love and friendship have the power to conquer all.
I hope our audience was able to take that away from the evening as well.Read more at:www.marieaustralia.com/plus-size-formal-dresses