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Fairytale Fashion visits Lifelong Kindergarten

Diana Eng and Matthew Borgatti from Fairytale Fashion visited Lifelong Kindergarten last week to learn more about Scratch and the Scratch sensor board.

Here's a video of their visit to the Media Lab:

Here's how Diana describes the Fairytale Fashion project:

From October to December 2009, I will be making magical clothes for Fairytale Fashion. These might be clothes that have blooming flowers, living clothes that breathe, change color, transform. And guess what, YOU will be leading the design! Fairytale Fashion depends on your participation. How do you participate? Each Monday, will have a new video that introduces a technology like inflatables, deployable structures, muscle wire and microcontrollers. At the end of each video is a design question. Answer the weekly design questions on our website. I will use your answers to create the Fairytale Fashion. Finally, the finished garments will be presented in a fashion show in early 2010.

As a fashion designer who works with science and technology, I've learned about some really amazing things. I've had some great experiences as a designer: sitting front row at fashion week, working at various fashion companies, researching at the University of Bath Mechanical Engineering Dept., being a designer on Project Runway, working in Victoriai's Secret Research and Development department, and co-founding NYC Resistor hacker group. When I was a little girl, I wish that my friends and I knew about some of the things I know today. We would have loved to play with them. Dress-up with super sparkling LED's. Imagining worlds made of deployable structures. I want to share all of the neat things I've learned, because no matter what your age, science and technology are always fun to play with.

Jill Codding

So amazing. Great video overview of soft circuitry! When is my field trip to the Media Lab? :)