Lumen Couture, a ready-to-wear line fusing technology and fashion, recently launched designs featuring new cutting edge technology. The designs feature innovative inserts (a thin flexible LED matrix) that can display images, text, and videos controlled via Bluetooth from a phone. The garments also respond to sound with an “equalizer” visualizer functionality.
Klukas, who launched the first evening tech wear collection last year, has also previously debuted designs at CES, participating in tech-forward fashion shows from 2014-2019. With her new work, she is focusing on fashion-forward designs and moving away from novelty and decided to move away from CES and launch at a fashion show in a Seattle nightclub instead.
With the ability to change images and videos instantly through a phone app, the designs offer limitless diversity in the colours, images, and themes that they can adapt to. In a world of fast-fashion and changing trends, Klukas sought out classic designs that can adapt to the rapidly-changing culture and be sustainable. The app that controls the panels also offers a “gif” option, embracing the youth culture of trends and memes where an image will have brief cultural relevance.
Klukas started designing fashion with integrated technology in 2013, initially focusing on performance art and spectacle. After years of producing runway designs, she desired to create designs that were streetwear friendly and lead with design and fashion. The design, programming, and electronics components are completed end-to-end by the designer herself, and she has a mission of inspiring women to explore tech and robotics through fashion and arts. The goal of the line is to be affordable, durable, and even washable. The new collection, titled “The Matrix Collection” after the flexible LED matrix, is available for retail and special order with designs starting at $75. Klukas has also released the tech components to the community to inspire other designers to explore the integration of tech and fashion.