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Umi Hotaru Dress

Added Jan 13, 2011

by Laura Andrews

Portland, United...




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This dress is based on a structure in Tokyo Bay called Umi Hotaru, or Firefly of the Sea.. it was entered in my alma mater’s annual alumni show. I worked on this dress with my boyfriend who also graduated from the same school, but as an Engineer. We both designed the dress and I made the pattern and constructed dress. It’s made of chiffon and tulle and has two strings of solar powered LED lights wired in. The purse the holds the solar panels to charge the LEDs.

Here is the artist statement for the show:
While living in Kisarazu, Japan, we felt the looming presence of the man made island, Umi Hotaru, a few miles offshore. Although it brought Chiba dramatically closer to Tokyo as part of the Tokyo Bay Aqualine, it also impacted towns like Kisarazu by leaving a once bustling downtown now empty.

Material Notes

LEDs, chiffon, tulle




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Romantic
Chiffon, Polyester, Tulle

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    Jan 31, 2011, 08.39 PMby skeeler

    So innovative!!

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    Jan 31, 2011, 06.32 PMby lizah

    WOW! this is awesome!

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    Jan 31, 2011, 02.57 PMby tabyaby

    gorgeous! lovely! It makes me smile!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 05.28 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    Imogene Heap would LOVE this. Feminine and lot’s of fun.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 06.52 PMby designerroya

    Wow! Just wow! Especially where the little fringe at the clevage is.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 04.27 PMby katexxxxxx

    Very sweet dress, and I love the light detail. Putting the solar panels on the bag is a neat touch. As a dressmaker from an engineering family, I appreciate this from both the aesthetic and the engineering points.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 03.37 PMby flynnflynn

    I opened my page to this and my jaw dropped (literally). The ruffles at the top are especially adorable – it’s so delightful!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 03.34 PMby carottesauvage

    That’s a bright idea- literal and figured sense!

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    Jan 15, 2011, 11.40 AMby Dagostini

    Beautiful dress!! Good job!!

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    Jan 15, 2011, 09.13 AMby mahaila

    The LED’s make the dress very interesting. I love the bag too! Sounds like a perfect project to complete together. Nice work!

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    Jan 15, 2011, 06.09 AMby katwear

    Awesome dress. great work!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 10.15 PMby thewildcards

    A dream dress.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 05.10 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    such a great idea and so beautifully finished! i adore your work!!!!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 04.36 PMby lienepien

    Wow what a beautiful dress! Love the lights!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 02.08 PMby henniem

    I cannot tell yoju how much i love this dress…absolutely stunnig. Good work!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 10.27 AMby imogens

    Fantastic! I plan one day to make a dress inspired by a Melbourne landmark, Flinders Street Station. You’ve totally inspired me to do it.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 08.47 AMby michelle ><><><

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!! Two heads are better then one :) <><

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    Jan 14, 2011, 08.24 AMby junespoon

    o i love it!! I would love to have fairylights in my clothing…very cool!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 07.59 AMby magdamagda

    I love the visual effect! Just the kind of thing a dress needs!;)

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    Jan 14, 2011, 12.53 AMby lila-1

    beeeautiful! the asymmetry adds an awesome edge that stops the whole thing being over-sweet. i totally want this now lol

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    Jan 14, 2011, 12.23 AMby hellonovy

    What a beautiful dress! c:

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    Jan 14, 2011, 12.23 AMby hellonovy

    What a beautiful dress! c:

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    Jan 13, 2011, 11.45 PMby mixtlii

    It must be fun to be all lightened up down there! Anyway, it’s an interesting work and a lovely dress!

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    Jan 13, 2011, 11.06 PMby bekaem

    interesting! and looks beautifull!

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    Jan 13, 2011, 10.59 PMby sansancouture

    well done !

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    Jan 13, 2011, 10.57 PMby nadia42

    very cool :D nice work

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