Slide film images aren’t as amazing without light shining through the backs. I’ve seen purses made of old slides, but since you could hold the purses up to the light, the effect was impressive. It’s not easy to translate that same concept to a dress, but Emily Steel figured it out. She built in LEDs behind the slides so you can see the images in all their glory. Genius.
“The dress is constructed out of individual slide film images that are backed with LED’s. An Arduino Lilypad connected to a light sensor controls the brightness of the LED’s. The sensor reads the how much ambient light there is and uses this value to determine if the LED’s will be off or on. When there is lots of light the LED’s are off and it looks like a shiny black dress with small hints that something else is going on. Once the sensor determines there is the right amount of light for LED’s to be seen in their full brightness it turns them on. When the dress is on the lights slowly pulse and the images on the dress come alive.”
It’s an exceedingly clever take on the classic Little Black Dress. Check out an additional image after the break.