SOURCE: CyberFashion Show 2005

July 26, 2005 13:44 ET

Fourth Annual CyberFashion Show Set to Electrify Crowds at SIGGRAPH 2005

Multimedia Extravaganza Showcases Future of Hi-Tech Fashion With Wearable Technology, "Smart Clothing," Luminous Apparel and More

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 2005 -- SIGGRAPH 2005 announces CyberFashion 4 (or "0100" in binary code), taking fashion to a whole new level with the integration of technology. The show brings together 35 exhibitors from 10 countries presenting a wide variety of wearable computers and displays, "smart clothes," luminous wearables, future couture, and CAD/CAM jewelry. The doors open at 8:00pm Wednesday, August 3rd at the LA Convention Center Hall A Auditorium, with a pre-show performance by musical team, Mutaytor at 7:30pm. In addition, there will be an academic "special session" panel before the show from 5:30-7:30pm. The extensive offering of innovative prototypes and exciting world premieres launches the future of high-tech adornment.

Each category in the show offers a range of designs by a number of artists that will prove to be entertaining and unique, and in most cases will include rather unexpected functional features. Exhibitors include mainstream accessory giants, Oakley and FOSSIL®, as well as cutting edge technology companies, including primary sponsor, Charmed Technologies.

"Smart clothing" is the new trend that integrates technology into everyday clothing and accessories. Designers presented include : MIT Media Lab and the bYOB handbags, the Oakley THUMP™ as the world's first digital music eyewear, Banff New Media Institute, Swarm from Sony CSL Paris and Smart Internet Technology, The Advanced Institute of Wearable Environmental Information Networks AwareWear Line, CuteCircuit's Skirteleon and KineticDress, Akira Wakita and Wearable Synthesis modular responsive clothing, Elise Co and her UFOS sneakers, Simona Brusa Pasque and the Plexiglass shoe stun-gun for women, Thecla Schiphorst and whispers research group, Isabel Valverde and Victor Zordan Interactive Performance Costuming, Luisa Paraguai Donati, Jacki and Nancy Morie and Kip Haynes line of children's clothes using technology to enhance safety and comfort, SMARTLab SmartGloves and SafetyCorset, Reactive Video Jewelry from Tina Gonsalves and Tom Donaldson (CLUTCH), and Jenny Tillotson with her Scent Whisper jewelry.

Wearable computers and displays in the show include: FOSSIL® and the Wrist PDA™ providing a portable and stylish way to organize personal information, Electroboutique Super-i Real Virtuality System, Charmed Technologies' CharmIT, Fifth Dimension Technologies data glove, head mounted displays (HMD) by eMagin, Liteeye, and MicroOptical, and the Fire Warrior Micro Thermal Camera allowing firefighters to see through smoke and darkness The CharmIT, 5DT data glove and an HMD will be in full function worn by and aiding the host throughout the show

The luminous wearable and future couture segment of the show features aesthetically driven pieces incorporating light-up elements, technological refuse, and/or innovative styling. Designers include: Nyx Illuminated Clothing, Janet Hansen and Brett Spivey of Enlighted Designs, Cyberoptix, Circuitry Dress by Psycho Girlfriend, Binary Interlace Dress by SintheteX, and Laura Bardier's Sages, an elegant leather necklace enriched with a point of light as a jewel.

CAD/CAM Jewelry and Bodywear are digitally designed jewelry pieces produced through an automated three dimensional computer printing process and will include artists: Rebecca Strzelec and the Autopsy Brooch inspired by stenography language that adheres directly to the surface of the skin via medical adhesive, Chris Golas and Mosquitoes to the Vein, and Jennifer Shotis' brooch series.

Pre-show performance features spinners, hoop dancers, stilt walkers, and clowns from the Los-Angeles based underground band "Mutaytor," while runway music will be provided by the Mutaytor's "Dub Pscience Engineers" Buck A.E. Down and Atom Smith. The main show is hosted once again by Isa Gordon as Psymbiote, her cyborg alter ego who has grown out of a performance project and begun to take on a life of her own through the CyberFashion Show. This latex-clad cyborg educates, elucidates, and entertains as she parades models down the runway garbed in the latest functional tech gear and aesthetic cyber wear. The runway includes models from internationally known alternative model agencies, Wicked Talent and Dragon Talent.

This year's event also marks the first DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Wearables Workshop on Monday, August 2nd 10:00am-3:00pm. The workshop allows visitors to participate in a competition of building and developing your own cyber-fashion piece. A jury including the workshop team and CyberFashion producers will select the best project and allow the artist to present it on the runway the night of the show.

About CyberFashion 0100

CyberFashion 0100 is produced by Alex Lightman and Isa Gordon. Lightman originated "Brave New Unwired World," the first show to introduce cyber-fashion, and is the CEO of Charmed Technology, one of the first wearable-computing companies aiming to incorporate wireless Internet into fashion and lifestyle: connecting people via eyeglasses, necklaces, or even a simple charm on a bracelet. Gordon created the first SIGGRAPH CyberFashion Show in 2002, and has also served as director and host each year. Gordon is the artistic director of the Psymbiote Project, a creative cybernetics research collaboration that explores the cultural, theoretical, and practical applications of being cyborg. For more information please visit

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