A graphene dress was showcased at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. The dress came out of a partnership involving wearable tech pioneers Cute Circuit and the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester.

The dress has, according to its designers, ‘futuristic features including a graphene sensor which tracks the model's breathing, adapting its LED lighting to breathing patterns, and utilizing its translucent graphene circuitry.’ This means that it will change color according to the wearer's breathing rate - glowing purple upon fast breaths while slow and turquoise when breathing slowly. Graphene was used to power the LED lights and in the sensor that records the wearer’s breathing, while more everyday materials like crine – a woven lightweight nylon fabric – were used to frame the dress.

The designers hope the technology could eventually be used to make a dress that can be programmed to show any color or design.

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