The Galaxy Dress

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

The Galaxy Dress is the center piece of the “Fast Forward: Inventing the Future” exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The museum is celebrating its 75 years and has commissioned the GalaxyDress for their permanent collection. The GalaxyDress provides a spectacular and mesmerizing effect being embroidered with 24000 full color pixels, it is the largest wearable display in the world.

The GalaxyDress uses the smallest full-color pixels which are flat like paper and measure only 2 by 2 mm.

The circuits are extra-thin, flexible, and hand embroidered on a layer of silk in a way that gives it stretch, so the luminous fabric can move like normal fabric with lightness and fluidity. To diffuse the light there are 4 layers of silk chiffon that movesreally beautifully as well.

The extra-thin electronics allows the design to follow the body shape closely like with normal fabric.

The GalaxyDress is designed to work with a number of iPOD batteries so that the

wearer can walk around. The GalaxyDress does not overheat and consumes very little electricity thanks to the technology used.

The GalaxyDress is lightweight, the heaviest part is not the technology but the 40 layer pleated silk organza crinoline that makes the skirt wide.The areas without lights are decorated with more than 4000 hand-applied swarovski crystals that make a gradient from clear crystal to bright pink, so the dress looks good also when it is switched off.