Made of the write stuff: Students design pen nib dress that's right up Lady Gaga's st
Made of the write stuff: Students design pen nib dress that's right up Lady Gaga's street
Lady Gaga's designer had better watch his back.
One of the latest creations to come out of elite fashion school Central St Martins in London is right up the singer's street.
The dress has been crafted out of 795 caligraphy pen nibs - and they are all connected to small motors that make them vibrate just like Lady Gaga's 'breathing' dress did.
Student fashion: The dress has been crafted out of 795 caligraphy pen nibs - and they are all connected to small motors that make them vibrate
The Pen Nib Dress is a cream A-line number with a rectangular panel covered in metal nibs on the front of the gown.
It was designed and made by creative technologist John Nussey and Central St. Martins Womenswear student Steven Tai for his final degree show.
Speaking to Wired.co.uk, Nussey said that the final result was achieved through a lot of trial and error: 'We looked at a number of different ways to make the pen nibs move and how to wire up that number of nibs
'S.teven had strong ideas as to how many he wanted, and we had to get enough of the nibs to make an impact.
Fashion fix: The dress is a cream A-line number with a rectangular panel covered in metal nibs on the front
'It was finding a balance between the technical possibilities and the creative idea.'
They eventually settled for the same motors that make mobile phones vibrate because they are cheap and don't require very much power.
Rows of metal pen nibs were then linked together with a switch for every different row which meant that they could all be activated separately.
Moving one row as a time gives the panel on the front of the dress a beautiful shimmering effect. The speed and pattern of movement can be changed to create a range of different effects.
All wired up: Each row of nibs is attached to the same type of motor that make mobile phones vibrate
Under wraps: The wires and metal pen nibs mean that the dress weighs almost 14kg
It also meant that instead of having to wire each nib individually, they only had to connect each of the 42 rows.
Even so, it was a mammoth task - as you can see by the number of wires hidden within the garment.
The nibs and wires also make the dress very heavy. It weighs almost 14 kg.
But as Lady Gaga knows all too well, you need to suffer for your art - and when it looks this good, it's for a very good cause.