This project involved creating a collection for a student run fashion show called Lunar Gala. I worked with fellow student Rick Shanor, a mechanical engineer with a double major in robotics at CMU. Together, we wanted to combine our strength to create an innovative collection that fused technology and fashion.
Our constructive process was very much that of trial and error. We built our shapes out of foam core and assembled them on a manikin to visualize and experiment the assembly of silhouette. Once we settled on a design, we measured the shapes, reproduced them in SolidWorks and Illustrator for laser cutting. Once the pieces were prepared and sewn, Rick added LEDs and Lilypad to install the lighting component.
The final outcome resulted in a fashion show held at Carnegie Mellon where we had the opportunity to showcase our line called Errorz to 1,200 attendees. At the event, our models walked down the runway to the song Get Live by Roksonix.
Our concept for our collection was to create a clothes that embodied electronic concert stages. We were inspired by this integration of technology and art as a performative trope to enhance one's experience with music. We wanted translate this very affect into clothing form. Using acrylics and LED lighting, we aimed to pay tribute to the engineering power and precision involved in creating these lavish electronic experiences.
Our sketches were based off of some of the images that we had collected. Because we were planning on using RGB values with our LEDs, we integrated a broad range of colors throughout our clothes to capture the full spectrum of light. We chose to use black material to balance out the wide range of shapes various shapes and patterns. , patterns, and colors.
Our constructive process was very much that of trial and error. We built our shapes out of foam core and assembled them on a manikin so that we could visualize and experiment with how the pieces would come together. Once assembled it was assembled to our liking, we measured the shapes and then Rick would begin drawing each piece in SolidWorks.
SolidWorks for concept design
laser cutting Ai files
For our lighting, we used flora boards, designed by Adafruit products. The board is Arduino compatible which is heavily supported by the open source community. We chose to use these microcontroller boards due to their small size, only 1.75" in diameter and 4.4 grams. Each board was powered by small rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery, small and light weight enough to fit inside the clothes but also powerful enough to supply power during the duration of the show. Most of the lighting was done with digital RGB LED strip lighting. Using the microcontroller PWM signals, each individual LED could be controlled. Each light that lit up contained at least 50 LED lights. Using the Arduino programming environment, Rick was able to program the LED color and illumination patterns in such a way that it was uniquely designed to fit each look. We also experimented with electroluminescent wires and panels, but because there were not as flexible and adaptable to our designs we chose to leave those out.
A special thanks to our models Brian Hayashi, Lauren Goldstein, Nazym Satbekova, Austin Bohn, Cecilia Shen, Yuvraj Kumar, Johnathan Daniel Ortiz, Gina Choi, and Alp Erbug. And lastly, the biggest thanks to my partner Rick Shanor for being the best partner and for being crazy enough to suggest doing this with me.