Despina Papadopoulos

Day for Night
“I defy anyone to design a hat, coat or dress that hasn’t been done before…The only new frontier left in fashion is the finding of new materials” – Paco Rabanne 1966

Day-for-Night, an hommage to Paco Rabanne as well as a celebration of the beauty of electronics, is a modular, reconfigurable dress comprised of 448 white circuit boards (although the number changes as the dress can get longer or shorter). Each tile is designed in such a way as to accommodate a solar cell, a RGB LED, or a photocell, and jumper connectors (in the form of 0 Ohm resistors). A control board provides power, communicates with the tiles, and links to a computer via RF. The dress is completely modular both in terms of software and hardware.

Day-for-Night was partially completed during a residency at FAI (First Andros International, 2005) organized by Nice and Fit Gallery, Berlin.

Day For Night dress was part of the exhibit Sartorial Flux, curated by Valerie LaMontagne, at the A + D Gallery in Chicago from September 7th to October 21st 2006.