Urban visibility

lighting, smart clothing, outdoor, active wear


Urban visibility


Mesopic is a project developed in collaboration with Philips Research, which aims to increase human visibility and safety measures in low-light outdoor environments.

Human photoreceptors allow visual acuity and resolution under well-lit conditions. However, when moving in dark surroundings, the visual experience is based solely on the signal of sensitive rod cells. This project centres itself around the idea of being surrounded by light and empowered by visibility.

Model: Rebecca at 77models
Hair & Make-up: Sunanda Koning
Developed in collaboration with Philips Research


Mesopic is a slightly silver and half transparent jacket inspired by the night-time urban environment. The design is characteristic of a lightning experience of smooth, blurred and almost pixelated, yet clear lights. Philips’ textile LED ribbons have been integrated in the fabric, resulting in a light-emitting jacket that brings night running experience to the next level. The light has been integrated in such a way that direct lighting is avoided, resulting in a subtle and effective glow reflecting from the illuminated body. The jacket translates into a desirable design that can be worn during the day, with an added aesthetically pleasing functionality during night time.

At Pauline van Dongen we design and develop smart textiles and clothing in a holistic way. We believe in sharing our experiences and knowledge with others to jointly change the current fashion system that relies on unethical and unsustainable practices and causes devaluation of clothing.