The tour costumes, co-designed by London-based fashion designer Nancy Tilbury, will integrate full-color techniques and be remotely controllable. They follow hot on the heels of Philips’ first collaboration with the band in late May, when it made a luminescent dress for lead singer Fergie for the Billboard Music Awards. In just 10 days, the team created a figure-hugging black outfit that was simple in style, but contained technically complex programming data.
On-board dimming electronics, a power supply and wireless controls were all sewn into the dress, which was made of a flexible lightweight bonded cloth to cleverly conceal the hardware. The team was then able to determine the individual intensity of each luminescent green seam for every tenth of a second during the five-minute set, triggering different lighting scenes in the costume.
“The result was a dynamic dress, programmed to pulse and change with the beat of the music,” Rogier explains. “The result is not only a new costume, but also a new experience for the Black Eyed Peas, their audience and Philips.”