Meet the woman who makes dresses for rocket scientists : Holly Renee Lemster, Fashion & textile designer and founder of Shenova
Updated on: 28 Nov 2015
There's nothing worse than lazy stereotyping, and the idea that women in science and tech have to be 'nerdy', 'dowdy' or any other variant on that is – frankly – dumb as hell. There's this weird idea that women who are really into, or work in, STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths) have to reject femininity.
It's nonsense, obviously. And nobody knows this better than Holly Renee. Holly is a fashion designer who designs STEM-inspired dresses at Shenova. We caught up with her to have a chat about her inspirations and why she's so passionate about women in STEM.
Hi Renee! Can you tell us about your background?
I grew up in Pittsburgh then moved to San Francisco in 2003 to attend school for fashion design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After that, I took a hiatus to travel and study alternative medicine and worked as a creative freelancer for a while doing illustration and graphic design, then got heavily into digital textile design. The day I got my first digitally printed fabric swatch in the mail, I was hooked!
I think the rather unusual combination of training I've had in both fashion and medicine shows up in my designs. The underlying anatomy of the body is often inspiration for how I map the focal points of the prints.