FashionTech Blog: Wearable Tech in Fashion

Shipping Interruption: Feb 11 – Feb 20

Coming soon: a new LED mask that will allow you to change your face.

Job Posting: Content Creator

It has come to our attention that our images and likeness of our founder (Chelsea Klukas) are being used for scam websites.

Since it’s invention in early April, the LED Matrix Mask has gained international attention. With that attention, comes the inevitable copycats. Although the product is patent pending, we are still in the process of finalizing the full patent to be able to take action against vendors copying our product.

Buyer Beware! Your Guide to Trusted Partners and Avoiding Knockoffs

It has come to our attention that our images and likeness of our founder (Chelsea Klukas) are being used for scam websites.

Since it’s invention in early April, the LED Matrix Mask has gained international attention. With that attention, comes the inevitable copycats. Although the product is patent pending, we are still in the process of finalizing the full patent to be able to take action against vendors copying our product.

Coming Soon: Change Your Face with a Mask

Coming soon: a new LED mask that will allow you to change your face.

Lumen Couture LED Bluetooth Mask Featured on Official NBA Instagram

Our founder Chelsea Klukas presented and opening keynote discussing what her work in FashionTech startups (BeauCoo), retail technology at scale at Amazon, and work on MakeFashion and her own line of ready-to-wear fashiontech has taught her about the future of the fashion industry.

Lumen Couture LED Bluetooth Mask Featured in VentureBeat

On April 5th we released a video describing our innovation in using our LED flex panels in a mask design. This mask is designed to have removable tech components for easy washing.

The project has gained the attention of several media outlets, including Venture Beat. We are in the process of making this product available as a product for our fans.

Headlining Tech Fashion Tour 5.0 in Mumbai

This year we were invited to participate in Tech Fashion Tour in Mumbai. This was the fifth year of the event, hosted by Exhibit magazine. The event showcased local designers, and every year invites an international designer who is a leader in combining tech and fashion.

LED Fashion at TrapxArt 2019 in Seattle

We recently travelled to our hometown of Calgary, Alberta for the seventh annual MakeFashion event.

Our fashion tech journey started over 7 years ago, with our founder Chelsea Klukas co-founding MakeFashion when she lived in Calgary. After years of producing the events and curating the annual collection, Klukas was inspired to launch the Lumen Couture line.

Top 5 FashionTech Garments of 2019

We recently travelled to our hometown of Calgary, Alberta for the seventh annual MakeFashion event.

Our fashion tech journey started over 7 years ago, with our founder Chelsea Klukas co-founding MakeFashion when she lived in Calgary. After years of producing the events and curating the annual collection, Klukas was inspired to launch the Lumen Couture line.

Projection Mapping Showcase: Franck Sorbier

French designer Franck Sorbier utilized projection mapping technology in his Fall/Winter 2012-2013 runway collection. Inspired by the classic French fairytale Peau d’Âne (Donkeyskin), the designer partnered with Intel for the support on the project.

Photography Collaboration with Dara Breeze in Seattle

Our stardust sequin jumpsuit and gold sequin dress were recently featured in a beautiful photoshoot by photographer Dara Breeze, owner of Brze Media.

In the words of the artist:

“Throughout the history of popular culture, representation has been criticized to be limited and forgetful towards showing inclusion. My mission is to bring awareness towards the impact of individuality through representation by bridging the gap between the relationship of education and representation in popular culture eras.

Holiday Shopping Deadline: Dec 14th 2019

The deadline to place orders to arrive for the holidays is Dec 14th by noon.
I will be traveling starting Dec 15th, and will not be available to ship orders during that time. As a small independent business who hand-makes and hand-packs every order, I currently don’t have a method to ship orders while I’m away traveling. This is something I’m hoping to solve in the new year as my business grows.

MakeFashion 2019 FashionTech Show at Beakernight

We recently travelled to our hometown of Calgary, Alberta for the seventh annual MakeFashion event.

Our fashion tech journey started over 7 years ago, with our founder Chelsea Klukas co-founding MakeFashion when she lived in Calgary. After years of producing the events and curating the annual collection, Klukas was inspired to launch the Lumen Couture line.

Will LED Fashion Go Mainstream?

Since organizations combining fashion and technology like MakeFashion have pioneered the space, LED garments have become increasingly popular. But the question still remains: will these garments ever become a part level of mainstream couture, or are illuminated garments destined to be limited to niche audiences for raves, costumes, festivals, and nightclubs?

MakeFashion FashionTech Showcase: Motion-Sensitive Dress

When Laura Dempsey’s motion-activated dress took the runway, modeled by a leaping dancer, there was an overwhelming energy in the room. Since that day we’ve grown exponentially and have produced over 100 garments and events all over the world, but the dress has remained one of MakeFashion’s most iconic pieces.

Mumbai, NYC, and Canada: Our Fall 2019 Events Schedule

After taking a brief break from events to enjoy our summer and focus on new product development, we’re pleased to announce a busy events schedule in autumn 2019.

MakeFashion FashionTech Showcase: Dresses with Playable Games

Can your clothes be playable video games? GamerGirls by Phi Illuminated Designs for MakeFashion created the Gamer Girls dresses which allow wearers to compete against each other with LED interfaces and shoulder pads that reveal scores.

Gamergirls is a one of a kind design featuring two futuristic fashion dresses that allow the wearers to play an arcade style video game together, using each other’s dresses as the screen display. 

Introducing the 2019 MakeFashion Lineup

MakeFashion has just released their lineup for the 2019 event in September, where the new collection of fashiontech garments will be debuted before they tour the world internationally.

The event will take place in Calgary, Canada on Sept 21, 2019 in partnership with Beakerhead. This is the second year that MakeFashion has partnered with Beakerhead for a stunning outdoor show.

On the Runway at CES Asia 2019 with FashionWare

Our founder Chelsea Klukas presented and opening keynote discussing what her work in FashionTech startups (BeauCoo), retail technology at scale at Amazon, and work on MakeFashion and her own line of ready-to-wear fashiontech has taught her about the future of the fashion industry.

FashionTech Inspiration: ALLELES Design Studio

The ALLELES design studio is a team who proudly describe themselves as artists, not prosthetists.

Keynote at Tech Fashion Week SF 2019

On April 16th, 2019, Lumen Couture founder Chelsea Klukas opened SF Tech Fashion Week 2019 with a keynote presentation. She was also a member of a women in tech panel at the event, held at the Shopify Kit Office in San Francisco.

This installment of Women in Fashion+Tech panel highlighted the current state of the convergence of fashion and technology and how fashion tech companies are elevating customer experience to the next level. Topics covered included retail disruption with ecommerce technology; social media and trends fueling the future of the business of fashion.

Fashion is ART! Fashion Show in Tacoma, WA

On April 30th we participated in Fashion is ART! In Tacoma, Washington with garments from both our ready-to-wear collection and new couture designs.

Unlike a traditional runway show, Fashion is ART! elevated fashion to the level fo fine art, with an on-site studio photography session and live drawing and painting of the models. The photographs and live art sessions were open for audience members to observe, giving a glimpse into the process of documenting and capturing fashion.

Future Fashion Inspiration: Illuminated Topaz Dress

To celebrate the unveiling of the world’s largest cut Topaz at the Natural History Museum in London, designers Moritz Waldemeyer and Deborah Milner created a bodysuit using blue topaz stones and LED lighting.

Oscars French Embassy Appearance

For the Oscars, Annabelle Azade, TV Presenter for I24News, appeared at the Consul General Of France Hosts Post-Oscar Luncheon at The Residence Of the Consul General Of France wearing the Lumen Couture Lumiere Atelier Sequin Collection gown.

Founder Klukas Presents at Ryerson University in Toronto

Lumen Couture founder Chelsea Klukas spoke to students, faculty, and guests of Toronto’s Ryerson University on the future of fashion. She discussed how her work in startups and large companies has allowed her to challenge the boundaries of fashion and technology.

MakeFashion FashionTech Showcase: Chameleon Cocktail Dress

The Chameleon Cocktail Dress is one of the earliest MakeFashion garments, showcased at the 2013 gala. Despite being nearly 5 years old today, it is still one of the most iconic and showstopping wearable tech garments our organization has showcased.

Bringing Fashion Technology to Mexico

Our MakeFashion Co-Founder Maria Elena Hoover recently visited in Guanajuato Mexico, a beautiful colonial style world heritage city located in the center of Mexico. While there, Lumen Couture participated in a photoshoot outside El Teatro Juárez, and in the streets.

Projection Mapping Showcase: Proforma

Studio Proforma (designers Nicola Buttari and Martino Chiti) developed the dress as an audiovisual installation for fashion label DROMe. The images respond by changing designs and speed based on sounds and music.

Future Fashion Inspiration: Divamp

Futuristic fashion from Divamp Couture.

Future Fashion Inspiration: Deborah Milner

Futuristic fashion from Divamp Couture.

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Smart Earrings: A hearable computer in your ear

Hearables function similar to other voice devices by understanding voice commands and speaking, or in this case whispering, back. Some hearables are paired with a mobile interface so that users don’t need to speak out loud in public.

ONE LOVE Runway Show in Seattle

We recently has the pleasure of showcasing on the runway for theONE LOVE: Seattle Art Exhibition & Fashion Show. The event was held at the Rhino Room in Capitol Hill, and was presented by WILDJAY clothing.

The sold out event featured local Seattle designers including BunchaScrunch, Trash by Tony, and Bartle B. The event had over 50 models on the runway and featured pop-up shops and art exhibitions from the community.

Original Fashion Design Week Shenzhen

We recently participated in a runway show for Original Design Fashion Week in Shenzhen. This show featured designs from our ready-to-wear collection, as well as a collaborative collection with MakeFashion and StarCode.

Ready-to-Wear Line Featured on CBC News

The Lumen Couture Ready-to-Wear collection was recently featured in CBC news.

MakeFashion Co-Founder Maria Elena Hoover discussed the washable nature of our garments, and how the design hides a battery pack within the dress.

Interview with Style Engineers Worldwide: Fashion Tech Graphic Novel

Founder Chelsea Klukas was recently interviewed by the creators of Style Engineers Worldwide: a graphic novel for young girls about the adventures of a fashion-technology superhero.

Lumen Couture at the Opening of the Calgary Public Library

We were recently part of the Lit Gala celebrating the opening of the new Calgary Central Library with MakeFashion on Nov 2.

The new Central Library was a $245 million project, and is the only Canadian building on Architectural Digest’s 2018 Most Anticipated Buildings in the World.

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MakeFashion Runway Debut for Ready-to-Wear Collection

This September our Ready-to-Wear line made its debut on the runway at MakeFashion’s 2018 runway show at Beakernight. We showcased three sequin dresses from our sequin line, and our white lace dress.

The sequin dresses are now available for pre-order to ship in time for holiday events. All dresses are also available for rental.

Fashion Tech Week NY Keynote and Wearable Tech Showcase

Our founder Chelsea Klukas presented and opening keynote discussing what her work in FashionTech startups (BeauCoo), retail technology at scale at Amazon, and work on MakeFashion and her own line of ready-to-wear fashiontech has taught her about the future of the fashion industry.

Luma Projection Arts Festival in Binghamton

LUMA is a projection festival held annually in Upstate New York that celebrates the intersection of art and technology. Founded in 2015, the three-person team expected a crowd of 3,000: and 30,000 came. Since then the festival has grown, with the mission dedicated to the art of storytelling through projection mapping.

FashionTech & Aerial Performance at Long Exposure Festival in Ontario

The Long Exposure Festival is a family friendly experience of light, performance, and interactive art in Flemingdon park. The event featured performers and installations focused on light.

Lumen Couture at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

On August 18 2018, we showcased our future-fashion clothing at the Seattle Mini MakerFaire. Our exhibition showcased work from the Lumen Couture ready-to-wear line, and runway garments from MakeFashion. We hosted a Q&A with the audience discussing our process of prototyping and the tools and techniques used in our garments.

Founder Chelsea Klukas interviewed on Electric Runway

We were recently featured on Electric Runway’s podcast, discussing the future of fashion and experiences as a product design manager at startups and big companies including Facebook and Amazon.

Future Fashion Inspiration: Fiber Optic Shoes

Italian-born fashion designer Francesca Castagnacci latest collection includes shoes and headpieces that feature fiber optic fibers. Based in Tuscany and working between Florence and Prato and a graduate of the accessory design course at the Polimoda Institute, her work looks to the future, but keeps an eye on past traditions.

MakeFashion FashionTech Showcase: Tech Tie

The tech tie team is based in Calgary, Alberta. Shannon Hoover is the chief technologist and Co-Founder of MakeFashion. Jeff de Boer is a Calgary-based multi-media artist with an international reputation for producing some of the world’s most original and well-crafted works of art. Grant McKee is an electronic engineering technologist.

Dark Power LED Skirt with MakeFashion in Calgary

In April 20 2018, the Dark Power skirt travelled to Calgary Canada with MakeFashion. Motionball is a Canadian national not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to introduce the next generation of donors, volunteers and sponsors to the Special Olympics movement through integrated social and sporting events.

The Dark Power skirt incorporates LEDs to glow and feature an array of colours and patterns. It is available for rental or purchase.