Enlighted was commissioned to create illuminated costumes for M.I.A.'s performance on the main stage at the Coachella Music Festival on April 18, 2009. We installed EL wire on a variety of pieces of clothing for lead singer Maya Arulpragasam and five backup dancers, as well as accessories for several other members of the band.
Maya's first outfit included a military-style hat, sash, epaulets, and glowing "medals", all created with EL wire. Then she changed into a more casual t-shirt and sunglasses with EL wire accents. Both outfits included EL-outlined acid wash jeans, wristbands, and shoes.
The dancers' suits were outlined in multiple colors of EL, with an intentionally "loose" aesthetic that made them appear to be live dancing versions of a sketch.
We've included this in our gallery as an example of our past work, but we no longer offer EL wire as an option for custom installations.
The video below shows scenes from rehearsal.