Gravitational Waves Dress


Want to wear the fabric of space time? 

Celebrate the discovery of gravitational waves with this smart casual look. At first glance, you see plaid. Look a bit further and- surprise, you'll recognize the data from the LIGO detectors. It's a classic professional dress with an educational twist.

Matching plaid tie and accessories now available from Zazzle!

Gravitational Waves Chart 

Image Credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab

These plots show the signals of gravitational waves detected by the twin LIGO observatories at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. The signals came from two merging black holes, each about 30 times the mass of our sun, lying 1.3 billion light-years away.

The top two plots show data received at Livingston and Hanford, along with the predicted shapes for the waveform. These predicted waveforms show what two merging black holes should look like according to the equations of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, along with the instrument's ever-present noise. Time is plotted on the X-axis and strain on the Y-axis. Strain represents the fractional amount by which distances are distorted.

As the plots reveal, the LIGO data very closely match Einstein's predictions.

Learn more about LIGO's discovery

Digitally Printed Material:

  • Dress Length 40" (measuring from top of shoulder to leg)
  • Active-Chic 4-way stretch 222 GSM Tricot Poly/ 17% Spandex 
  • Fabric is comfortable and feels smooth to the touch
  • Stretches up to 2" past measurements
  • Modern but Timeless Science-Chic Style
  • Dress is cut to be fitted at top, looser at the hip
  • *Can be made shorter upon request. Please make a note at checkout or Contact Us.
Model: Sasha | Inspired by LIGO | Photography: Shenova/ Kelly Hsaio

XS: BUST 32-34" / WAIST 26-27" / HIPS 35-36"
S: BUST 35-36" / WAIST 28-29" / HIPS 37-38"
M: BUST 37-38" / WAIST 30-31" / HIPS 39-40"
L: BUST 39-40" / WAIST 32-33" / HIPS 41-42"
XL: BUST 41-42" / WAIST 34-35" / HIPS 43-44"
XXL: BUST 43-44" / WAIST 36-37" / HIPS 45-46"

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Based on 6 reviews
H. Komiya H.K. H. K.
It came fast

Vender is reliable

Ania Kielar A.K. Ania K.
A great talking piece

I wore my dress to a university reunion. People loved talking about it, gave lots of compliments on how it looked on me and it was really comfortable. Win-win-win.

Alisa B A.B. Alisa B.
I love all of my Shenova dresses

The gravitational waves dress is one of three Shenova dresses in my collection. I love them all. They're comfortable, stylish, nerdy and perfect for wrinkle-free travel. From a distance, this one looks like a cool, trendy plaid. Up close, someone always asks, "Wait: is that a data plot?" I've recommended these dresses to friends and colleagues. I can't wait to add more to my collection!

Thanks so much for the great review Alisa! :)
Gabriela Gonzalez G.G. Gabriela G.
Great dress!

I wear this dress to give talks on gravitational waves, and it always produces a good buzz!

Thank you so much for your review, Gabriela! :)
Madison G. M.G. Madison G.
Love it!

I love this dress! It's so pretty and it fits so well! I was debating between ordering a small and a medium but I'm glad I went with small since the material is so stretchy. The hem falls just at my knees (I'm 5'4"). It travels well too, no wrinkles despite a weekend stuffed in a backpack. Even the guys at work (hoodie and flipflops programmers) think this dress is the coolest thing ever, and I have to agree!

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