Describing a woman as a paper doll is normally not a positive thing, however, this wearable tech dress makes paper and tech a woman’s best friend. That’s right, this amazing dress, Ester, is made of paper—1,000 hand-cut paper petals to be exact. The best part is the classy use of NeoPixels with a Lilypad Arduino, allowing the dress to go from demure white edged glow to full on Cyndi Lauper rainbow bright. The dress was created by Flavia Rose and Ash King and was a recent finalist in the World of Wearable Arts Show 2016.
With its belle corset style lace-up back and cage style skirt it looks like Swan Lake prima ballerina meets 1940’s pin-up girl. I found the sculpted cane base for the skirt to be especially interesting; it is almost like the construction of a kite and equally lightweight. Flavia has a love of handcrafting and you should check out how she uses this same cane technique effectively making Leaf Armour.
Normally when you think of fashion competitions you imagine expensive silk and 3D printed materials, so this work in cane and paper is a reminder that simple and natural materials can lead to unexpected beauty. You can be sure I will be following Flavia Rose’s work because I’m very excited to see where she heads next. For those of you who want to try forming your own paper garments with illumination, you should first read our Adafruit NeoPixel Über Guide. Will you go with individual LEDs, strips, rings or bars? There are many varieties and this guide will show how to hook them up and start programming for the effect you desire.
Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!