ferrari/marlboro racing suits

We're often contacted by people who are seeking futuristic lighted costumes for special events. In this case, a European marketing firm was organizing a series of Ferrari / Marlboro promotions, and wanted to create the impression of racing suits from the future, using the signature colors of both brands.

These outfits were worn by female performers during a choreographed dance routine, and by hostesses who served refreshments at the events. Enlighted made several versions of these suits over a period of two years.

version 1.0
version 2.0
version 3.0 (red)
version 3.0 (gold)

racing suits, version 1.0

In the original version of this suit, lighting was attached to lightly padded/reinforced areas on a red bodysuit and to a set of matching accessories that included a lighted helmet, gloves, elbow pads, kneepads, and boots. Most of the lighted areas were outlined with red EL wire (with some white EL wire accents), and contained red and white LEDs in grommets that flashed in a variety of flashing patterns. On the shins, fingers, and lower front torso, some LEDs were also mounted inside flexible translucent tubes. Silver and black lines with a circuit-like appearance were hand-painted as finishing details.

front view of the original racing suit

side view of the original racing suit

back view of the original racing suit

closer views of the knee pads, elbow pads, and gloves

red and white EL wire was mounted in a fabric-covered flexible panel and wrapped around a chrome helmet

additional views of the full suit under different lighting conditions

we made five full copies of this costume!

Although the project was considered to be a huge success in terms of the "wow" factor achieved with the costumes, several practical issues arose that influenced changes in later designs. One key issue was washability. The suits can be spot cleaned, or hand washed and dried flat. However, the frequency of the performances and the degree of perspiration experienced by the dancers made it clear that a machine washable bodysuit would be preferred (with all lights mounted on removable accessories).

racing suits, version 2.0

The primary difference in version 2.0 was the removal of all illuminated parts from the underlying bodysuit, so that it could be machine washed and dried quickly. To fill in the spaces where the lights had been, white geometric shapes made of UV-reactive materials were added to the exposed portions of the arms, legs, and torso.

A set of lacrosse-style shoulder pads was added to the costume, with a panel extending down the back, and a battery pack and belt that closed in the front. A removable wire harness was worn inside the bodysuit, with plugs connecting all of the accessories to the main battery pack, so that the lights could be activated on cue.

The gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, and helmet were similar to the previous version, with slight changes in the layout of the lighting. Overall, curvy organic-looking shapes were replaced with a more angular geometric aesthetic.

front view of upper half of suit, version 2.0

closer view of shoulder pads and helmets

front and back view with dark, moderate, and bright ambient lighting

two control switches were mounted on the belt -
the EL wire and LED portions could be activated separately

closer photos of the kneepads and boots

additional views of the full suit

racing suits, version 3.0

For the next revision, we continued to use a combination of LEDs and EL wire, but most of the lights were mounted in the front, back, and shoulders of a mini dress that was worn over a long-sleeved bodysuit. Additional lights were mounted in long gloves, knee pads, and a helmet. The helmet and gloves plugged into the dress, sharing power from the belt-mounted pack, but kneepads were powered separately to eliminate the need for wires running down the legs.

EL wire was used to create glowing outlines on the shoulders/torso, helmet, kneepads, and gloves. LEDs were used (as backlighting) to illuminate triangular and rectangular cutouts in the design.

The elbow pads and the wide gauntlet-style gloves of the previous versions were changed to a longer tighter glove, with no elbow pad, and a new lighted armband above the elbow. The following photos show the lighted portions of the outfit, without the underlying bodysuit or boots.

front and back views of red mini dress version of the racing suit

full front view, closer view of kneepads

helmet with red and white EL wire

We also made a gold and white version of the mini dresses, representing the colors for the Marlboro Light brand.

front and back views in bright and dim ambient lighting, video clip with animation

additional views of full costume, including long gloves and helmet
(connecting wires would be concealed within the bodysuit when worn at the event)

helmet with white and gold EL wire

closer view of shoulders in gold and white costume

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