A dashing new illuminated tailcoat by Natalie Walsh proves that fiber-optic technology has a place outside telecommunications. The designer’s coat emits light as the wearer moves, creating a shimmering effect sure to make him stand out in a crowd (and enliven any dark corner).
Created for Joel Pinkham of the fiber-optic light-up toy company Ants on a Melon, the Regency-style tailcoat sports 30 bundles of individual optical fibers, which Walsh draped and contoured over the garment to follow its lines. She pointed the tips of the fibers at the coat’s back flaps so it would sparkle with movement. A battery-operated flashlight powers the lights, which Walsh hid in a zippered pocket on the back that she crafted from identical fabric.
Fans of the coat can make their own using a kit available on the Ants on a Melon website.
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