Diana Eng Runway Show Brings Technology to Fashion

Diana Eng, former season 2 Project Runway contestant, presented some seriously high-tech fashion at the Maker Faire over the weekend, including electronic, motion-sensing and shape-transforming pieces.

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Diana Eng, former season 2 Project Runway contestant, presented some seriously high-tech fashion at the Maker Faire over the weekend. Eng created her designs (like this inflatable dress) using math, science and technologies such as deployable structures, micro controllers and number patterns.
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The inflatable dress was made of pink silk chiffon draped over plastic inflatables and white silk flowers on the back.
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The highlight of the show was definitely the "Floating Dreams Dress"
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The model released dozens of balloons which were each individually lit by small LCD lights which all floated up to the ceiling.
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This puff sleeve jacket featured deployable pleated sleeves. The purple cashmere scarf was knit with Fibonacci number patterns.
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The "Cameo Capelet" design was made of peach silk organza edged with electroluminescent wire. Circuit boards were housed in "3-D printed Cameo." We can't translate that for you, but we can tell you it looked cool.
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The red sleeveless jacket was made of wool and looked normal enough...
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... but it featured a hoodie with a Miura-ori structured pleat which helped the hood collapse tightly or open wide.
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The aqua silk chiffon dress was organically draped and edged with electroluminescent wire which was controlled by an accelerometer. Circut boards were housed in the neck piece.
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The "Twinkle Cardigan" featured black wool shoulder patches with LED circuits that were hand embroidered with silver thread. The cardigan lights up in reaction to the wearer's voice and sounds!
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The "EL wire coat" was illuminated by wire patterns beneath, which were, in turn, controlled by an accelerometer. The scarf was made of wool cashmere and also had a structure built in that could be deployed.
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The Twinkle dress featured LED circuits and could light up in reaction to the wearer's voice and sounds.
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Eng credited the event's close timing to New York Fashion Week (which ended the week earlier) as a "perfect opportunity to bring together the fashion industry and today's inventors to look at what fashion will be like tomorrow."
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