|video interview on motherboard.tv
Hansen: Giving Daft Punk, MIA, and Kanye that Laser Look"
May 5, 2010
In this interview featured on motherboard.tv,
Janet Hansen talks about her engineering background and design philosophy,
and offers a quick peek into the Enlighted studio
where she spends most of her time.
"Janet Hansen lights artists for stage.
No, not like that. She actually lights the artists themselves. Their entire
The founder and Chief Fashion
Engineer of Enlighted Designs, Inc, Janet’s
sewn her lifelong passions for fashion, art, and technology together into
spectacular lighted costumery that’s illuminated shows like Dancing
with the Stars and laser-lined real-life Tron characters Daft Punk (like
this and this). And yes, she gave Kanye his illuminated Kanye shades.
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.
Still, says Janet, lighted clothing
necessarily be the fashion statement of the future. It will, however,
always be the best way to knock your socks off. Your plain, lame, non-LED-encrusted