An illuminated running shirt

smart clothing, lighting, interactive, sportswear


An illuminated running shirt


The Phototrope top was developed in collaboration with Phillips embodying designers sportswear as an illuminated medium.

The top was successfully tested at various night running events. This project allowed studio Pauline van Dongen to create a new form of interaction between the body and the environment around us.

A special thank you to: Schoeller Textiles
Photography: JR Hammond


The illuminated running shirt was designed to enhance the runner’s ability to respond to the change of light conditions and its surroundings. Phototrope incorporates LED ribbons, hidden behind soft and flexible TPU foils. Through their prismatic structure, they refract the light of the LEDs in a vibrant and subtle multi-coloured manner. Illuminating qualities contribute to the experience and awareness of the space around the body and improve the experience on a psychological and aesthetic level. When worn during the day, the foils add a novel and distinct look and materiality to the domain of sportswear.

at night

The aim of the shirt is to improve the safety of the wearer and by doing so boost the experience of running at night. Phototrope makes the user feel more comfortable in a dark environment, improving the physical performance, also helping to interact with others around us through its positive impact on the group dynamics of a running team.

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.