Friday, July 16, 2010

BioCouture: U.K. Designer “Grows” an Entire Wardrobe From Bacteria

I came across this article on ecouterre site by Jasmin Malik Chua, , found it very fascinating,  super interesting and my dear friend Rachel send it to me from Denmark as she could not believe it. See and read for yourself.

 Suzanne Lee can conjure clothing out of thin air. No, wait, that’s not entirely accurate. She’ll need at least a couple of bathtubs, some yeast, a pinch of bacteria, and several cups of sweetened green tea. Lee, who is a senior research fellow at the School of Fashion & Textiles at Central Saint Martins in London, is the brains (and brawn) behind BioCouture, an experiment in growing garments from the same microbes that ferment the tasty caffeinated beverage.

 The ruffle-embellished jacket is the latest addition to Lee’s kooky collection of biofilm wearables, all of which can be swiftly composted when they wear out.
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