“Fashion Engineer” Janet Hansen


Nice Motherboard profile of self-proclaimed “Fashion Engineer” Janet Hansen, whose lighted costumery has been used on Dancing with the Stars, and by Daft Punk and Kanye West, among others.

In this episode of Motherboard, Janet shows us her San Diego studio and explains her technique for coaxing the robot side out of some of the world’s biggest future-minded performers. After learning to sew at age 7, she began installing miniature lights in her own dollhouse, and as her costume-making hobby bloomed, she began to incorporate more electronics into her fashion. While developing her artistic skills — she’s also a multimedia painter and sculptor — Janet studied engineering, and picked up a PhD in biomechanics. Today, she is arguably the most prolific lighted clothing designer in the world.

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2 thoughts on ““Fashion Engineer” Janet Hansen

  1. MadRat says:

    I’ve never wanted to make clothing but for some time I’ve been wishing I could make animated, electric signs. I think that’s something that’s really missing from our cities these days. Trouble is all of the online guides are pretty vague and/or they have these terrible warnings about how you’re going to die if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing (if I did would I be reading a guide?) and then I get discouraged.

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