The change of sky colour at sunset (red nearest the sun, blue furthest away) is caused by Rayleigh scattering by atmospheric gas particles which are much smaller than the wavelengths of visible light. The grey/white colour of the clouds is caused by Mie scattering by water droplets which are of a comparable size to the wavelengths of visible light.
“This garment takes its name from the atmospheric phenomenon of Mie scattering of light particles, which produces colours at sunset,” says designer April George. This striking garment uses drop stitches worked in a laceweight mohair yarn on large needles to produce a floaty fabric, complemented by an openwork waist band in a mercerised cotton. April’s design is worked in just two pieces, which are sewn together at specific points to create this loose, drapey top.