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September 7, 2010

World Maker Faire to Host Designer Diana Eng's Technology Fashion Show

QUEENS, NY--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -  In 1964 the World's Fair was a showcase of innovation. On September 25th, 2010 at World Maker Faire, Diana Eng will present the latest innovation in fashion. At 2pm, Models will walk the runway in a high-end fashion show, featuring designs that are electronic, shape transforming, motion sensing, and biomimetic.

World Maker Faire showcases the best of do-it-yourself science and technology, making it the perfect setting for Diana Eng's technology-based fashion and runway show. Included in the show is a dress inspired by bioluminescent jellyfish and fabricated with electroluminescent wire. Also featured are clothes with deployable structures mimicking opening leaves.

As a former Project Runway contestant from Season 2, Diana Eng utilizes math, science, and technology to create whimsical designs. She is inspired by fairytales, sea creatures, and tea parties, and her designs are made possible by technologies such as deployable structures, microcontrollers, and number patterns.

"World Maker Faire is the ideal location for my Fashion Show," said Diana Eng, designer. "World Maker Faire is filled with creations made by the type of garage inventors who pioneered the airplane and personal computer. My fashion designs are made with the same spirit of invention. Fashion Week is right around the corner from World Maker Faire making this the perfect opportunity to bring together the fashion industry and today's inventors to look at what fashion will be like tomorrow." 

"We are honored to bring high-fashion to World Maker Faire via Diana Eng, a geek and fashionista," said Sherry Huss, director of Maker Faire. "Fashion designers like Diana are world class Makers and many of our makers at World Maker Faire are fashion-based, making this a really unique event at World Maker Faire. I look forward to seeing the sparks igniting from the intersecting of Fashion and Technology."

World Maker Faire Sponsors include: element 14, Epilog, Ford, HP, Lion Brand Yarn, Livescribe, Microsoft, ShopBot, Singer, Sparkfun, Autodesk/Tech Shop, Red Bull, and Xyron.

World Maker Faire Media Sponsors include: Popular Science, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Popular Mechanics, BUST Magazine, Science Illustrated, TW Cable and BurdaStyle, Edelman, Ryonet, Elmer's and Clif Bar.

Follow Maker Faire on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/makerfaire

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire's mission is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, California in 2006, and in May, Maker Faire celebrated its 5th annual Bay Area festival. As Maker Faire continues to grow in popularity and relevance, Maker Faire has expanded to Detroit and New York City for 2010. See the Maker Faire website for details www.makerfaire.com. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine, makezine.com, craftzine.com and O'Reilly Media, the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators.

Maker Faire is open to the public. Ticket prices include admission to both World Maker Faire and NYSCI. Tickets are $25 for adults (18-61), $10 for youth (2-17), $20 for seniors (62+), and $15 for students with a valid ID. Two-day passes are also available. Tickets are available at www.makerfairetickets.com.

About Diana Eng
Diana Eng is the author of Fashion Geek: Clothes, Accessories, Tech, a DIY book for making electronic fashions. Diana was also a designer on Bravo's Project Runway, Season 2. Her work has been featured in publications ranging from Women's Wear Daily and ID magazine, to Wired and Popular Science. Diana writes for MAKE Magazine, makezine.com, and craftzine.com. Diana is starting her own line which will be available at DianaEng.com.

About O'Reilly

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