Pauline van Dongen
Pauline van Dongen is a Dutch fashion designer specialized in wearable technology.
Established in 2010, her design studio is constantly involved in a diverse array of projects that span various disciplines, locations and collaborators. The studio is immersed in the dynamic intersection of fashion and technology and is dedicated to collaborative work that enables innovation and experimentation leading up to the realization of a product and experience.
As a creator interested in the notion of interactivity in fashion, Pauline researches the human body in relation to its surroundings. The language and expression of the body give form to the garment, thus establishing an intimate and personal connection with the wearer.
Her vision is based on the belief that technology can add new value and meaning to fashion and can enhance the way we experience the world around us. By collaborating with companies from the field of science and technology, Pauline aims to move beyond gadgets and prototypes; instead her work exemplifies how technology brings a new aesthetic and materiality to fashion.
At SXSW Interactive 2015, Pauline van Dongen presented her new Solar Shirt developed in collaboration with Holst Centre. As a follow-up design of her renowned project ‘Wearable Solar’, the shirt seamlessly integrates flexible electronics and solar cells, allowing the user to generate sustainable energy through their clothing that can be used to charge a smartphone.
Pauline has spoken at a wide range of international conferences and events, like SXSW, TEDx, Northside Festival NY, Turkey Innovation Week, Wearable Futures, Dutch Design Week.
Pauline van Dongen at New Dutch Wave, March 2017
Crafting Wearables, Pauline van Dongen at TEDx Arnhem, October 2015
The creators project: Make It Wearable | Solar-Powered Fashion That Charges Your Phone
Pauline van Dongen at TEDx Maastricht, Oktober 2014