Whether or not you watched the Grammy Awards last night, you probably heard some of the highlights today. Despite the CBS "wardrobe advisory", these awards proved to be not only the biggest night in music, but still one of the biggest nights in fashion.
Exposed legs and towering heels aside, one artist took her choice of wardrode to the next level. Carrie Underwood, not one known to be cutting edge, appeared on stage singing an acoustic version of her title track "Blown Away" in a boring silver oversized prom dress. Carrying viewer's attention with her strong vocal ability alone, Underwood continued into her latest single "Two Black Cadillacs" simultaneously as her dress began to mysteriously light up and illuminate colors.
Suddenly, it became apparent this was not only a dress, but a giant projection screen. This conservative, basic gown suddenly transformed into a technicolor light spectacle. Within seconds, a simple garment became a digitally connected and living part of her performance's overall creative direction. Towards the end of the performance it even shed a cocoon of butterflies onto the screen behind her, directly playing into the perfomance set. The dress even proved itself to be GIF'able, whether this was intended or not. (Welcome to Tumblr, Carrie!)
Black Eyed Peas aside, it's refreshing to see other artists take risks and advantage of cutting-edge technology in their performance's creative direction. The growing relationship between technology and fashion will surely be interesting to follow in the years to come....