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Dress mixes fashion, technology and fairy tales

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Last night's met gala in New York City showcased some awesome styles and trends. But one look that lit up the night was actress Claire Danes’ fiber-optic gown. It dazzled in the night as tech-filled dress had hundreds of lights.

But the show doesn't end there, we find some of our own tech-fashions designed by local college students.

Stunning the masses with a Cinderella-esqe pale blue gown, actress Claire Danes’ dress stole the show at the Met Gala.

The Zac Posen designed beauty seized social media, many calling her a Disney princess especially when the dress turned on and sparkled in the night.

It was the perfect fusion of fashion and technology that students at san diego mesa college are learning.

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"Technology with fashion, it's like the next big thing, we're using all kinds of neo-pixels, little flora boards, fiber optics and different components," said Susan Lazear, Fashion Professor at San Diego Mesa College.

The class is preparing for their own fashion show Friday themed "East meets West,"

“The Posen dress is very cool, and as serendipity would have it, we have a fiber optics dress in our show as well," Lazear said.

Fashion student Rachel Merrill’s 3-layer dyed silk dress is a show stopper, and like Claire Dane’s dress, it too lights up.

"I've actually woven 100s of very thin fiber optic filaments through the dress, the lights are sort of fading randomly, on and off so that gives it more a sort of glowy sparkly look," Merrill said.

The blue and white sleevless dress is decked with a circuit board, two motor drivers and 4 ultra-intense LED lightbulbs shining through the 700 fibers Merrill spent four weeks weaving together.

To see it and others on the runway, San Diego Mesa College has its annual "Golden Scissors Fashion show” on Friday night at 7:30 with a reception and silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton hotel on Harbor Island Drive. Tickets are $25 at the door

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