Friday, July 29, 2011

At the Edge of Fashion

I saw a fascinating bit of technology today at the interface of fashion and technology:

Electricfoxy talks with Asta Roseway at Microsoft Research from Electricfoxy on Vimeo.

I've been seeing a lot of examples of technology in fashion and art, especially clothing with lights. This piece is unique, in that it is capable of displaying an almost infinite combination of characters. Obviously not ready to be worn down the street, but as a combination of art and science it is very intriguing, and I wonder what the ultimate manifestation of this combination might be. Think of the practical innovations that came out of the Space Program!


Kay Dennison said...

hmmmmmmmmm it looks kinda weird to me!! The idea is interesting but not my cuppa.

zippiknits...sometimes said...

As a former working seamstress, I think it's interesting but it's just at the edge of "art". I hope this doesn't get any farther around than into performance art.

Microsoft is so off shore.

naomi dagen bloom said...

Oh, Ellen, thanks for posting this. At the risk of going on too long, I want to share what came up for me beyond being impressed by the skill in the filming/presentation and the simple pleasure of experiencing the designer's creativity.

Recently was reminded of how early images--in my case typewriter keys--are powerful in my visual memory. Marja-Leena Rathje, posted photos of an old Royal typewriter to illustrate post on "dying languages & technology." That pulled me back to high school typing classes, jobs in offices before/after the electric ones arrived. Then a memory of Yiddish (not so long ago considered "dying" but still lively in certain places) typewriter seen in NYC few years ago.

In a nod to why older workers matter, did you note the man who helps her with the imagery? Think it was his memory of shape/design of vintage keys that took this young woman beyond the stripped-down ones on computer?

It all comes together: what will we hold onto? I celebrate the creativity of the dress. I'm with @Zippiknits: intriguing as installation, scary about what may lie ahead in how we relate to one another.