Vintage CPU Fashion

Intel made the mistake of publishing high quality images of the masks used to create the 4004, the first microprocessor CPU. Around the same time, micro-scale full-garment printing became affordable. Here’s what I did with them.

A sheath dress with a green and black print class="stuff"

The first garment was made using Constrvct. The artists who created Constrvct have moved on to other projects since, but it was so much fun when it launched in 2012.

An a-line dress with a green and black print

A pair of leggings with a green and black print

An a-line dress with a sunset colored print

A pair of leggings with a sunset colored print

Between 2012 and 2015 printing technology advanced and garments became cheaper. More vendors popped up, including the amazing Art of Where. I designed these dresses and leggings there based on the 4004 and 6502 CPUs.

I liked the print so much that also made a messenger bag from Rikshaw Bags in San Francisco.

By 2015, fashion trends had moved on and this work went out of style. I still wear them sometimes. I never bothered to keep up with trends anyway.