08 Oct 2002
An Italian fashion house has made a sparkling wedding dress using technology from nuclear physics experiments.
Sparkly clothes based on plastic optical fiber will be hitting France later this month. No, it's not Paris fashion week again - but the clothes will make their debut at the Opto 2002 exhibition in the French capital on the 22nd October.
Luminex uses fibers illuminated by one of five different colors of LED. These fibers were initially developed by the Italian electronics company Caen to detect sub-atomic particles produced in nuclear physics experiments.
According to Cristiano Peruzzi of Luminex, the fabrics will be available in yellow, green, white, blue and red versions. Small, rechargeable batteries power the LED sources. Peruzzi told Optics.org that the Luminex clothes will be available within a few months.
Luminex says that the garments could also be used as safety clothing and even in road signs. In the future the company is hoping to turn the clothes into a 'smart' material, capable of measuring pulse or body temperature and responding to environmental stimuli.
Michael Hatcher is technology editor of Opto and Laser Europe magazine.