Graphene Dress

Exploring the extraordinary new material properties of graphene

The Graphene Dress is the World’s first little black dress to incorporate Graphene. CuteCircuit’s Graphene Dress was commissioned by Intu Trafford Centre to celebrate fashion Innovation. CuteCircuit worked closely with the scientists of the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester to produce special graphene substrates used in the innovative dress design.

The result of this collaboration is a fashion and science first and the world’s most technically advanced dress, the Intu Graphene Dress, a little black dress marking the first time that the revolutionary, Nobel Prize winning ‘miracle material’ has been incorporated into fashion.

Graphene is the Nobel Prize winning material that has the following characteristics: lightweight, conductive, transparent, strong.

The dress has a Graphene enhanced stretch sensor that captures the breathing pattern of the wearer. The data is stored into a real-time database, a powerful microprocessor analyses the data and depending on the depth of the breath taken by the wearer changes the colour of the dress’ LED decoration.

When the wearer takes a shallow breath the LEDs turn from orange to green, for a deep breath the LEDs change from purple to turquoise. The LEDs are placed on a transparent, but highly conductive, Graphene element, so it looks like the LEDs are floating on the model’s body, this displays the transparency and conductive ability of the Graphene, there are no wires in the dress.

Richard Paxton

“Technology and fashion have come together to create what is the world’s most high-tech dress and could become the blueprint for what our millions of customers will be wearing in the future.”

Richard Paxton Intu Trafford Centre

Future fashionistas can get a first glimpse of the Intu Graphene Dress when it goes on display at intu Trafford Centre from Wednesday 25th January 2017. The dress will then be showcased at the Graphene Institute and in museums around the world.

Dr Paul Wiper, Reasearch Associate, National Graphene Institute said: “This is a fantastic project, graphene is still very much at its infancy for real-wrold applications and showcasing its amazing properties through the forum of fashion is very exciting.. The dress is truly a one of a kind and shows what creativity, imagination and a desire to innovate can create using graphene and related two-dimensional materials.”

Francesca Rosella, Chief Creative Director for Cute Circuit, whose previous hi-tech creations have been worn on the red carpet by Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger, said: “Graphene has never been used in the fashion industry and being the first to use it was a real honour, allowing us to have a lot of fun creating the stunning Intu Graphene Dress and showcasing graphene’s amazing properties.”