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'We Are What We Tweet', is how Asta Roseway of Microsoft Research describes her award-winning paper dress that reflects your tweets.

Caroline Ku
Caroline Ku on August 9, 2011.

It was a dress made out of something as archaic as paper and what looks like old typewriter keys that won Best Concept and Best in Show at The International Symposium on Wearable Computers in San Francisco this year. But of course, since this was a competition in wearable technology, there was more to the strapless black and white dress than its materials.

The dress, created by Sheridan Martin Small and Asta Roseway of Microsoft Research was inspired by the future of social networks and the possibility that clothing that could reflect everything we say on the internet. The simplified statement of the dress, Roseway said, is: ‘We are what we tweet.’

Roseway, a self-proclaimed traditionalist, said she chose paper because of her background in graphic design and lettersetting with metal type. Paper and ink was the way we’ve historically communicated, and with this project, she could make them relevant again.

When asked about how to create for the future, Roseway responded, ‘You’ve got to have the courage to put something out there that’s unconventional.’

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

Video by Electricfoxy.

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