Monday, 24 October 2011

how to grow a frock

Ruffled shirt made for a London's Science Museum exhibition
Are you ready for the new frontier of bio-couture?
'BioCouture' is a fascinating idea of experimental
fashion, in truth a fashion project briskly turned into
a biomaterial project, conceived during a serendipitous
chat between Suzanne Lee, author of the book
Fashioning the future: tomorrow's wardrobe
and Dr. David Hepworth, biologist 
and materials scientist.

Scar bodice, Hasselt's ModeMuseum exhibit, Belgium
Suzanne Lee is a senior research fellow at London's
Central Saint Martins as well the director of the
'BioCouture' project which investigates the use of
microbes to grow a textile biomaterial, a sort of
vegetable leather spun by bacteria, to literally
grow a fully-formed dress out of a vat of liquid.

Bio biker jacket
Certain bacteria spin nanofibrils of pure cellulose
during fermentation, slowly forming a dense layer
that can be molded onto a 3-D shape or dried and
flatted before being cut and sewn into garments.
The microbial-cellulose material looks uncannily
like human skin, can be readily dyed or printed
and it goes almost without saying, 
safely composted after use.

Bio denim jacket
'BioCouture' pioneering research discloses a
myriad of unthought possibilities, we can barely
imagine what other uses the cellulosic material
might have yet these experimental prototypes
(not commercially available 'cause the whole  
research is still ongoing) are really mind-blowing.

Bio bomber jacket
Suzanne and her academic fellows are currently
outlining their collaborative investigation that
uniquely connects fashion design, synthetic biology,
chemical engineering and nano-technologies.

Start on imaging to grow clothing: future is now.

Microbial-cellulose garments details
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1 comment:

  1. Dearest Elisabetta,

    Love this idea of BioCouture, even though it will still take some more work and research. But it is a clean and perfect way of creating new garments.
    Love to you,