Fashion designer and innovator Pauline van Dongen graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from ArtEz Institute of the Arts in Arnhem and has since worked to bring fashion and technology together. She hopes to make wearable technology accessible to a larger audience. Her work is distinctive for its minimalist allure and the functional, wearable properties of her designs. Under her fashion label, van Dongen carries out extensive research into experimental, high-tech materials and traditional techniques, and constantly innovates the notion of craftsmanship. She joins forces with several companies to achieve this.
Since 2013, van Dongen has been carrying out research for her PhD within the project Crafting Wearables. This is a four-year long collaboration between the Radboud University Nijmegen, Eindhoven University of Technology, ArtEz Institute for the Arts, TextielMuseum Tilburg, MODINT and a number of companies. Van Dongen is working on developing a Wearable Solar Collection. One design from the series is the Solar Shirt. This seamless design consists of 120 flexible solar cells and can recharge a smartphone or any other USB device. The solar cells, combined with printed electronics, form modules that can be laminated directly onto the knitted fabric.
Pauline van Dongen has received national and international recognition for her work and is regular asked to speak or teach on the subject of fashionable technology.