Sparkling Swarovski headpiece changes colour with brain activity

High-tech couturier Lauren Bowker has designed a stunning headdress imbued with a chemical compound that changes colour in response to brain activity.

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The Unseen

Self-described alchemist Lauren Bowker of London-based fashion house The Unseen isn't interested in the mundane. Her collections are unique, infused with specially created chemical concoctions that subtly shift hue in response to external stimuli.

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The Unseen

"I'm interested in everything you can't see," she told Wired in February. "That might be the pheromones you release or the environment you're in -- its temperature or the local humidity." That was for her collection called Air, a series of sculptured garments that react to heat and air movement.

Her latest project sets out to reveal the truly unseen: the sparking and firing of neurons. It consists of a helmet-like construction of leather, her colour-changing ink, and 4,000 lab-grown Swarovski spinel stones -- which, she says, have a similar material composition to human bone.

"This parallel makes the gemstone compatible with the human, enabling each stone when worn to act as a conduction insulator, absorbing energy loss from the head," she said. "We discovered the pattern formation in the colour of each stones evolves throughout the day; this fluctuates over areas of the brain in use. When worn, the headpiece becomes a reflection of the inner human thought."

The colours of the stones shift through a gradient, from black, to orange, red, green, blue, and purple. You can read more about it on The Unseen's web page.

 

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