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CHROMAT LAB: investigate the process and inspiration behind some of our most showstopping looks from the runway and research lab.

We believe garments should function as an augmentation and enhancement of the body–able to respond and adapt to the body and changing environment.
Through collaborations with leaders in the fields of architecture, art, science and technology, Chromat is committed to innovation in fashion technology.

AW16: LUMINA

Inspired by the color theory and light explorations of conceptual artist Robert Irwin combined with the biological functions of luminescence.

We have collaborated with the Intel Innovation, StretchSense and Nitemind teams for AW16 to create responsive accessories that transform the garment’s glow through reactive movement powered by the Intel® Curie™ Module.

By serving as an extension of our sensory systems, the responsive garments reflect a concept known as biomimicry, where nature is used to solve complex human problems., which allows the garments to customize their shape and adapt to the wearer’s environment. By serving as an extension of our sensory systems, the responsive garments reflect a concept known as biomimicry, where nature is used to solve complex human problems.


Mela in the Contour Rashguard and Highline Shorts


Mela in the Hyperwave Harness, Skim Top and Atlantic Highwaist Bottom

ELECTROLUMINESCENT GARMENTS

February 2016

In collaboration with Intel, StretchSense and Nitemind

Electroluminescent Strip and LED components, StretchSense sensors, satin, corset boning.

Stretchable sensors–known as "rubber bands with bluetooth" created by StretchSense–are incorporated into hand-wrap gloves worn by the models. Clenching a fist triggers the sensor, which wirelessly tells the Intel Curie module imbedded in the dress to switch the light on or off. "We wanted the models to be in control of their dress on the runway," Chromat designer McCharen explained to Fast Co Design. "We were looking at boxing hand wraps as the inspiration for the gloves' design and bringing that physical power into [the models'] world."

In the wild, bioluminescense exists for myriad reasons: to attract prey, to find mates, or as a defense mechanism. Riffing on that notion, the AW16 dresses show how the luminous tech integration can add an additional layer of expressiveness to a garment. The glowing dresses were wired up with electroluminescent strips and LED strips by electrical engineer and longtime Chromat collaborator Nitemind–who also created the glowing set for the runway show.


Other Labs

AW17: BUOYANCY
  • Inflatable Garments
  • SS17: HYPERWAVE
  • Mela Murder, Body Labs, Body Labs, Pussykrew
  • AW16: LUMINA
  • Electroluminescent garments
  • SS15: MOMENTUM
  • Adrenaline Dress, Aeros Bra
  • AW15: MINDFILES
  • Laser Chakra Bra & Harness, Mindfiles 3D Printed Dress, Shoplifter Garter Bustier
  • SS15: FORMULA 15
  • 3D Printed Odile Bustier, 3D Printed Sport Top & Face Mask, Misfit Shine Harness
  • AW14: BIONIC BODIES
  • LED Bra/ Facemask, Chrome Corset, LED Cage Cape, Fiberoptic Cape