If you're planning an evening wedding (or just really enjoyed "TRON: Legacy"), we may have found your perfect dress.
Japanese scientists have genetically engineered silkworms to spin silk that glows under fluorescent light, and wedding gown designer Yumi Katsura used the silk to create a glow-in-the-dark wedding dress, Wired reported Thursday.
Check out photos of the dress below, published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials earlier this month (the dress was photographed in white light on the left and in UV light on the right):
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The genetically engineered silkworms were created as part of a study by researchers from Japan's National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences. Scientists inserted DNA sequences that produce fluorescent proteins (taken from two types of coral and a jellyfish) into the silkworm genome. The red, orange and green silk spun by the "transgenic" silkworms remained glowing for more than two years.
This isn't the first wedding dress to incorporate new technology. Earlier this year, two Canadian design students created a dress that contains LED lights and pulsating flowers, which lights up and moves depending on the wearer's mood. Or, brides who would prefer to dispose of their gown after the wedding could wear a dress that dissolves in water, designed by English students in 2010.
Click through the slideshow below to see the newest dresses by BHLDN.