Leah Buechley's LilyPad developers kit provides a terrific platform for designers to prototype wearable projects. In a LilyPad Arduino workshop hosted in Austria, Buechley explores the aesthetics of wire insulation by wrapping conductive wire with beading and uses the collar to hide the larger electronic components.
What's important about this is that there are affordances already built into garments that are both functional and aesthetic. Buechley's exploring ways to seamlessly incorporate the electronic components and wires directly into the aesthetics of the fashion without compromising on function.
More explorations on the LilyPad Arduino flickr set.