When you think about Paris Fashion Week, outrageous clothing normally springs to mind NOT LEDs! But one designer lit up the whole event as you'll discover when you read this LED Monkey article…

Prism

Founder and designer of Japanese apparel brand Anrealage, Kunihiko Morinaga, stunned audiences at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week when he unveiled his new clothing collection.

Designer, Kunihiko Morinaga

Morinaga intends his collection, entitled Prism, to "convey the diversity of perception."

Completely surrounded by high-powered LED lights, the specially-constructed triangular concrete and chrome space enabled the audience to view the models “in-the-round” as they emerged from backstage, looking for all the world like sci-fi cowboys performing at a post-apocalyptic rodeo.

The LED lighting display was perfectly synced to dazzle and dim. It switched seamlessly from one LED colour to another. It showed that each of the garments had a completely different look depending on the light being emitted.

Outfits from the designer's Prism show

Morinaga said, via his translator:

"As light comes through a prism and makes many colours,

this is how we see everything and these clothes."

Morinaga unveiled his ground-breaking collection entitled Low (see image below) in 2011. He has been exploring the relationship between design, aesthetics and technology in the digital age.

An earlier show entitled "Low"

Indeed, the earlier collection comprised 8-bit electronic motifs emblazoned on traditional dresses and suits. This made an overt statement about the fusion of utilitarian art and technology.

Amazing LED Lighting

Since their inception, LED lights have been dazzling consumers in a similar way. Not just with their lumens, but also with their stunning versatility.

The range of colours they’re able to produce is virtually infinite, as varying levels of power passed through their different chemical compositions will generate a myriad of hues. And, it’s not just colours that LEDs can produce, because they’re capable of creating colour temperatures, too!

It's possible to utilise different colour temperatures for a variety of different applications. They enable the user to create a lighting ambience that perfectly reflects their requirements.

For example, a modern kitchen might need to be lit with a cool white (6000K) colour temperature to give the maximum brightness and clarity. However, a living space in which people relax may be better suited to a warm white (2700 – 3000K) colour.

One room, three colour temperatures

They’re also extremely small. So, unlike conventional light bulbs, it’s possible to incorporate them into everything. This ranges from children’s toys to clothing creations like Morinaga’s.

Prism, with its intentionally jarring cuts and styles that spanned different eras, cleverly utilised a mixture of materials. This includes light-responsive plastics, combined with LED lighting, to achieve a startlingly original fashion show.

Morinaga offered a simple explanation of his amazing refection following the LED light/fashion show. Holding up a white sneaker and moving the light from his mobile phone around it, he said,

"The shoe is always one colour, but you see how with light shining it is always different,"

Isn’t light in all its forms simply a tangible representation of our perception?

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