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Launching at The Wearable Technology Show 2018

03 Jan 2018
The Red Dress with illuminated electronic yarn containing LEDs

The Red Dress incorporates flexible, illuminated electronic yarn that contains LEDs. The dress has been made by Bonnie Binary and associates. It is a showcase for electronic yarn made by the Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University, as part of the Functional Electronic Textiles (FETT) project: a joint venture between Nottingham Trent University and Southampton University, funded by the Engineering and Physical Research Sciences Council.

Electronic-yarn contains light-emitting diodes (LEDs), sensors or more complex circuitry within a textile yarn. The yarn is flexible, so can be incorporated within textiles whilst maintaining the natural drape of the fabrics. Manufacturing of electronic yarn is being developed into a process that is now semi-automated, speeding up production of the yarns. This opens up possibilities for collaboration in development of prototype products containing electronic yarn.

Bonnie Binary ( was brought in as a research partner on this project, with industry partner Stretchline, to complement and strengthen existing expertise. The Bonnie Binary team was set a brief to create a dress incorporating electronic yarns containing LEDs, to demonstrate this unique technology.

The objective has been to test methods of incorporating electronic yarns into garments whilst maintaining the yarn’s unique qualities of flexibility and drapeability. The resulting dress contains electronic yarns integrated into the decorative surface embroidery.

Contact the Advanced Textiles Research Group at stand M44 to see prototype products made with electronic yarns and to discuss ongoing possibilities for development of this technology.

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