Actually, I’ll leave the judgment as to whether this is fashionable to the reader.Â Taking a cue from the ready availability of electroluminescent tape/wire to the Maker community, and yes, the recent Tron movie (which re imagined the cult classic costuming in a decidedly more modern twist), it has become too tempting to ignore the possibilities and shaking up the norm.
And so, using white EL tape from Adafruit, two AAA battery packs, a coat I rather like from H&M, and a bit of sewing, viola!Â My Jeff Bridges impression is complete, man.
So, project aside, this has got me thinking about the state of change in fashion in the modern age.Â Making a coat like this is one thing…how you use it quite another.Â I think the Steampunk community must also face this problem.Â When you think a certain fringe fashion is cool, do you wear it only among those who also share your (weird) tastes, or do you let that freak flag fly, hoping to inspire?Â Let the social experiment begin!
5 thoughts on “Maker High Fashion…the EL Coat”
I’ve been using EL Cable as a lighting scheme for my bicycle on the annual Omaha Owl Ride. I created a flashing EL Cable sign suspended between two bicycle safety flag poles. You can see it at the end of this video from 2010.
You know, at least 2/3rds of the people who have replied to this post so far own recumbent bikes. I think that says something important…like I need a recumbent. Cool mod!
Random micro second pulses would be cool… leave folks wondering if they really saw that. ;>)
Seizure coat! I like it.