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I am getting ready for my first NYC runway show, the Fairytale Fashion Show, on Feb. 24th at Eyebeam. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be writing about some of the preparations, on CRAFT and here at Make: Online. This show will be of the technology fashion collection developed at, where technology is used to turn make-believe into reality.

While working with little girls on the Fairytale Fashion project, I found that all girls wanted the magic of sparkles. One girl describe this as a dress that “sparkles like Edward” (reference to Twilight).

Inspired by the LilyPad, and the wishes of little girls, Dave Clausen and I created the Twinkle Pad, a board made specifically for sewable LEDs, to create the Fairytale Fashion designs. Twinkle Pad has a ATmega48 microcontroller and resistor banks on one side and a battery on the other. To create a good connection between the board and sewn circuit, we use plated through holes. I like to sew with a size 7 needle and the conductive thread from Lame Lifesaver, so we made the holes a bit bigger. There are four connections to ground around the board so that we can create a variety of patterns.



Fashion + Technology
Diana was a contestant on Project Runway season 2, graduated from RISD, and currently lives in New York City.

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  1. Weird Wayne on said:

    Years ago I was intrigued by a passage from a sci-fi novel called “The Darkling Wind” by Somtov Sucharitkul the passage read “Water clogged the mechanism of her darkrobe; it had ceased to generate the holosculpt images of dark flame with which she clothed herself…She appeared naked suddenly except for some soggy scraps of cloth plastered to her skin”
    Seeing your work I wondered if you had ever looked into making holographic clothing? Projected from a collar or maybe medallions attacked to a leotard or basic pantsuit. If such a thing is possible your model could just walk up and down the catwalk while her garment changes into however many you might want. It’s a thought.

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