Vat-Grown Couture

I wonder what this stuff smells like?

In the age of 3D printing and growing new body parts in a lab – the fashion industry is getting into the action – using bacteria to grow clothing. Designer Suzanne Lee has crafted fashion items that look both stylish, if not a little creepy… Reminds me of Silence of the Lambs.

Lee is a senior research fellow at the School of Fashion & Textiles at Central Saint Martins in London and in a bathtub she mixes some yeast, a pinch of bacteria, and several cups of sweetened green tea to grow her garments.

The (un)natural evolution of this is that soon be wearing clothing we can print out or grow – purchasing designs online and then heading down to the kitchen to try things on. Maybe we can join with the medical community and grow a bladder to wear as s a jaunty beret. Oh la la!

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[via Boing Boing and Robbo]


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