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The TeKila Dress is a fun cocktail dress inspired by Tequila under the microscope; it’s stunning geometric patterning and vibrant colors. The dre… Read More
The TeKila Dress is a fun cocktail dress inspired by Tequila under the microscope; it’s stunning geometric patterning and vibrant colors. The dress consists of 122 super bright LEDs in a 5 x 6 matrix, and hundreds of pieces of laser cut & etched acrylic. An accelerometer on the dress detects the movement of the wearer, which in turn changes the color, pace and pattern of the lights. Read Less
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The nightlife and clubbing scene known to any big city is always filled with an abundance of energetic people, bright lights flashing to the beat of heavy bass music, and the aroma of various types of alcohol and spirits. However one aspect of the nightlife that is always static and neglects to represent what is happening around it is the attire that people wear.

Taking the various elements that make up the nightclub scene I took an observational approach to create a fashion garment that took in the environment around itself and projected back this likeness. This was accomplished through the use of LEDs, acrylic, an accelerometer, and an Arduino board. The acrylic was laser-etched to match various microscopic patterns of Tequila, which is used to refract the light. In addition, the triple axis accelerometer on the dress was used to capture the active motion of the wearer, by detecting their movements, changing the color, pace and pattern of the LEDs.
The inspiration image of Tequila under the microscope projecting onto the dress itself.
Lights tracking the movement of the wearer.