Haute couture as lightbox: 'Little Slide Dress' gets the picture

A design student in New Zealand creates a light-up photographic dress using Kodachrome, LEDs, and a LilyPad Arduino.

Celluloid Cinderella: Emily Steel's "Little Slide Dress" lights up in the dark. Emily Steel

Here's a high-tech dress that's tailor-made for the red carpet.

Emily Steel, a student of industrial design, digital photography, and fashion at New Zealand's Victoria University of Wellington, has stitched together a garment using slide film, LEDs, and a LilyPad Arduino, a set of sewable electronic components.

The "Little Slide Dress" monitors light levels and changes accordingly: In daylight, the LEDs lie dormant, and the dress looks like it's made of recycled plastic, perhaps, or some sort of pleather. After dusk or in darkened rooms, the LEDs light up and expose the dress' photographic leanings.

"When the dress is on, the lights slowly pulse, and the images on the dress come alive," Steel writes on the Behance page devoted to the piece.

Lights, camisole, action.

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