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Selfridges to sell CuteCircuit LED dresses as seen on Katy Perry!

Hooray, Fashionology is hitting Selfridges!

Do you all remember how Katy Perry outshone everyone on the red carpet earlier this year at the New York Met Costume Institute Gala, in a LED decorated dress?

Well now you can have your very own light up dress thanks to the exclusive launch of the K Dress by CuteCircuit as part of the Selfridges Christmas offer.

The dress is made of pure silk and contains tiniest LED’s in the world, which are then embedded into its silk chiffon fabric. The lights are controlled by a tiny snap-on brain which plugs into underneath of the shoulder strap.

This can be removed for recharging the battery via USB and for dry-cleaning the dress. The K Dress is shorter than the one sported by Katy Perry and is hand-crafted by CuteCircuit.

If you want to brighten up your wardrobe like a Christmas tree in winter, then this dress is the perfect ensemble!

K Dress by CuteCircuit (£1,350) will be available exclusively from the 2nd Floor at Selfridges from October 28th 2010.

CuteCircuit’s “CuteStore” is now open!

All you Fashionology lovers who want to get in on the LED action, click over to CuteCircuit’s newly opened CuteStore!

CuteCircuit is a London-based fashion company that designs fantastic wearable technology for the likes of Katy Perry and Azerbaijan’s Eurovision contestant Safura! Other famous creations include the Galaxy Dress, now on display at the  Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and mobile phone dress.

So if you fancy lighting up your wardrobe during the ever darkening autumn season season, what better way than with a Twirkle T-Shirt…

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…or a pair of Disco Leggings?

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Prices range from £90 for a Twirkle T-Shirt to £160 for a Star Twirkle Dress…

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For more information about these amazing products, for both men and women, and to make a purchase, take a look at the new CuteStore now! There is currently free shipping in the UK so hurry up before they all the sizes get snapped up!

Discovering the Rhyme & Reason: an interview with Mary Huang

A few weeks ago I came across the beautiful works of designer Mary Huang, a lady who is taking the idea of Fashionology and running with it! She is the creator of Rhyme & Reason, a captivating range of illuminated knitwear and dresses (shown in the picture below) and I decided to contact her to find out more.

Where did you get the idea for Rhyme & Reason?

I have a lot of different interests in design, technology, fashion, costume design, and I wanted to combine them into one thing. Combining fashion and electronics in a beautiful and wearable way just seemed to make sense.

Did you start the label yourself or do you have a team behind you?

I’m just starting right now, so it’s basically just me. I do have friends I collaborate with projects on.

Your pieces have a technical function (the Rhyme & Reason scarf can double as a lamp) as well a fashionable edge; do you think that “wearable technology” is the future of fashion?

Wearable technology as implying the inclusion of electronics into clothing is only one aspect of the possibilities of combining fashion design and technology. It certainly opens up possibilities for what we can achieve in fashion.

We can create fashion that changes contexts, responds to sensors and data and that is networked to mobile communication; there is a huge variety of ideas and many people are doing interesting work exploring these things.

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I don’t think “wearable technology” is the future of fashion in the sense that in the future everyone will be wearing shirts with embedded sensors. I think that wearable technology definitely contributes towards interesting innovations in fashion.

The irony is that, as the design and technologies are increasingly refined, the goal is seamlessness between tech and the fashion and thus, there will be no distinction of work being “wearable tech”… it will simply just be fashion.

What is the latest project that you have been working on?

Recently I worked with fellow designer Jennifer Kay on an experimental design for wearable wind-power generation called Dandelion (below).

I am currently doing a series of 7 lighted pieces for a collaboration with the Indelible Dance Company. The dance performance will be about the Big Bang and the formation of the cosmos and will be at the end of September in Brooklyn, NY.

I also have sound reactive modules for the LED dresses in development which I’m looking forward to because the experience of wearing them is really engaging.

Where can we purchase your pieces and what sort of prices can we expect?

The lighted dresses are all individually made, bespoke pieces right now, so they range between $1200 and $2500.

I’m working on ready-to-wear, so to speak, although it will be different in a way from how ready-to-wear is usually done and would be integrated in a web store.

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With thanks to Mary Huang

Eurovision lights the way for Fashionology!

On 29th May 2010 millions of viewers settled down in front of their televisions to laugh at marvel at the acts on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway.
 
I usually try to avoid this, the cheesiest event of the 2010, like the plague but this year I watched from beginning to end, from the Opa! song of Greece (which I secretly now love) to the ‘80s electro from Moldova.

I will now tell you what exactly kept my eyes glued to the screen for hours, enduring hours of false smiles and quivering notes; it was the very first act to perfom Safura of Azerbaijan. Not only was her voice actually quite impressive, she was wearing a fashionology favourite – an LED dress, made by Cute Circuit!

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This amazing blue and green dress with an elegant train was fitted with the very same LED devices that set Katy Perry alight on the red carpet just weeks before.

As I continued to watch, hoping for more techno-fashion surprises, I was not disappointed. When the act from Belarus, 3+2, performed their song ‘Butterflies’ the audience was wowed (either by the sheer tackiness, or by genuine awe) at the butterfly wings that spontaneously sprouted from the gold, silver and bronze gowns of the female singers.

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Yes a little OTT I know, but it was still amazing to see these acts embracing the wonders of Fashionology! Roll on Eurovision 2011!

Images via Catwalk Queen

Rihanna lights up the stage with laser and LED outfits

Rihanna has always been brave when it comes to fashion and the outfits worn during her European Last Girl On Earth tour have been demonstrating her love for Fashionology!

Rihanna, 22, sported a floor-length black dress covered in red LEDs which was capable of displaying video!

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The dress, designed by Paris based couturier Alexandre Vauthier and developed by Mortiz Waldemeyer (creator of Imogen Heap’s Twitter dress), uses a combination of compressed gas systems and video capable LED circuits, smart eh?

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The star also shone (quite literally) at the AMA’s last year, with her bondage style catsuit with laser embedded shoulder pads – created again by Moritz Waldemeyer along with Rihanna’s styling team and Simon Henwood.

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First Rihanna, then Katy Perry…even Bono donned a laser-fitted leather jacket by Moritz Waldemeyer during U2’s 360° Tour in 2009. Fashionology is catching…spread the word people!

Katy Perry glows in an LED dress at the Costume Institute Gala

When Katy Perry first emerged on the red carpet in a floor-length, pale pink and white ruffled gown, she looked elegant and rather understated, considering her taste for the more eccentric fashions. But then, there was light!

Katy Perry attended the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in an eye catching LED dress.

The concealed rows on fairy lights under the fabric of her dress caught the eye of every onlooker and the flash of every camera. The light changed from blues and greens to yellows and pinks and the posed for the press.

The gown is the handy work of CuteCircuit, a London-based company that is famous for the LED Galaxy Dress and award-winning “smart textiles”.

Via The Daily Mail

The LED Galaxy Dress

I know I’m a bit slow off the mark on this one, seeing as it was unveiled in November last year, but I simply have to mention it because it is one of the most beautiful fashionology examples I’ve seen yet!

It reminds me of being a young girl, watching the end of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and marvelling at the magic that made her dress change from pink to blue and back again. If it were modern times, she would have been wearing the Galaxy Dress.

The Galaxy Dress is made from 24,000 small full-colour LEDs which are embroidered onto a layer of silk which allows the fabric to stretch making it movable and is powered by small and light iPod batteries. Underneath it has four layers of silk chiffon, an organza pleated crinoline skirt and Swarovski crystals sparkle where there is no space for LEDs.

The designer duo responsible for the creation of the “largest wearable display”, as has been called, is Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, who run the interactive clothing company CuteCircuit.

The dress is on permanent display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and if you can’t afford the flight out to see it in its sparkling glory, here is a video of it.

Image credit: goldbirds