I got commissioned to do a Particle-Physics printed dress for UX Designer Chung Hay Luk in mid-October. She wanted something to wear to her father's Physics Award Ceremony. Chung-Hay is also a wearable tech designer, so we were to do an equal collaboration of Fashion & Technology.
We sorted through particle physics inspired photos together and used Pinterest as a collaboration tool. After much digging, we both gravitated toward the images below. The digital print we chose was a bubble-chamber photo of a particle collision (or cascade).
Chung-Hay's Physicist father explained the science:
"A bubble chamber is used to capture the trajectories of charged particles when they go through the chamber. This is similar to taking a long-exposure picture of moving cars at night that we can see the light trails. The bubble chamber is an old kind of sensor for seeing the tiny particles (slow). The new one used at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is significantly faster and is based on different kinds of technology such as digital electronics. A crude analogous comparison would be between a film camera verses a digital camera."
Honestly, most people around us where quite doubtful we could finish it all in time...but we persisted and believed... This became our "make it work moment"! The minute the fabric arrived I dug into patterning, cutting and assembling (gladly with the help of my amazing pattern maker and seamstress).
For the silhouette/ design of the dress, I really wanted to do something different and pull in kind of a vintage/couture feel to the dress. I thought the contrast between vintage and futuristic would be really neat. I explored this in the feminine lace-up corset inspired back.
Once the dress was put together and while the programmer coded away (building us an app in node.js) Chung-Hay & I sewed in the LED and she started programming the patterns for the lights.
One of the most exciting moments for me was when I discovered we could make the dress light up in PINK, of course!
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More pictures from the 360 Fashion & Tech Show.
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