suzanne lee: biocouture   growing textiles
sep 19, 2010
suzanne lee: biocouture growing textiles


‘biocouture jacket’
image courtesy the science museum london

london-based suzanne lee, is a senior research fellow in the school of fashion / textiles, central saint martins, london.
she is also the creative director of biocouture which investigates the growth of clothing through the use of
bacterial cellulose.

lee’s latest garment – which uses these growing textiles – is the ‘biocouture’ jacket made from cellulose.
instead of coming from plants, the cellulose is produced by millions of tiny bacteria grown in bathtubs of
sweet green tea.


jacket sleeve seam detail
image courtesy the science museum london

lee will host a workshop, thursday, september 23rd at the 100%
materials stand at 100% design during london design week.
her pioneering project which demonstrates growth of a biomaterial using nothing other tan sugary
tea and bacteria,
will also be presented at this time. the ‘eco-textile’ is grown in flat sheets which are then cut to shape, sewn together or
moulded over 3D forms.


left: side view
right: sleeve detail

image courtesy the science museum london


pocket detail
image courtesy the science museum london


eco-textile kimono

image via despoke

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