Jan 11, 2011 12:54 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow
Fashion designer and Project Runway's Season 2, Diana Eng, glows with excitement while describing fashion trends of the past and those of the future during CES's first ever fashion-technology fashion show in Las Vegas called FashionWare.
"Hoopskirts came into being and turned into a big fad because they had refined the steel process," says Eng. "Other fashion is actually driven by new technology, and it was a matter of time before electronics would be included in fashion," she adds.
Eng's creations twinkled, changed patterns, and even inflated as they came down the runway, but all these transformations were triggered by external stimuli.
The sheer electroluminescent coat, which featured a built-in accelerometer, glowed with different intensities depending on how fast or slow the model walked, and her "Twinkle Pad Dress" lit up in response to sounds and music.
Another designer showcased a jacket that converted the wearer's kinetic energy into power that could be used to charge your favorite handheld device.
"I think it is the first time fashion technology has been shown in such a big venue," says Eng. "This was a really nice collection of everything so you can get an idea of what is going on in the fashion-tech world."
Although Eng's twinkling creations varied depending on ambient sounds, her fashion sense is hard-wired to the currents of technology.
Eng's line is called Diana Eng, and several pieces from her collection became available for purchase at DianaEng.com in December 2010.
We did not get a chance to talk about proper washing protocols, but I am pretty sure labels will read: handle with care.
Photo: Two of Eng's dresses. On the left is her inflatable "Whimsical Things" dress; on the right is her electroluminescent dress.