Fashion designer and researcher Suzanne Lee has come up with BioCouture – a biological way to grow your own clothes.
Certain bacteria will spin microfibrils of pure cellulose during fermentation which form a dense layer that can be harvested and dried.
So, adding green tea, sugar and the right bacteria, she obtains a bio-fabric that can be directly molded onto a 3D form, or dried flat and then cut and sew it into a garment.
BioCouture thus comes as a new eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to the fashion industry.
This concept/project originated during the research for the book Fashioning
The Future: Tomorrowʼs Wardrobe, which has definitely been added to my ever-growing book wishlist.