fermented fashion   red wine dress made without a single stitch fermented fashion   red wine dress made without a single stitch
jun 14, 2012

fermented fashion red wine dress made without a single stitch

‘micro’be’ bioalloy’ dress photo by ray scott

gary cass (a scientific technician at the university of western australia) working together with a group of scientists and contemporary textile artist donna franklin have been investigating the practical and cultural biosynthesis of microbiology to explore alternative methods of garment making and textile technologies. their ‘micro’be’ bioalloy’ project imagines a fabric which grows and forms itself without a single stitch. their mediums? red and white wine or beer, depending on the coloration of the fabric one wants to achieve.

the idea for the cellulose clothing came about when cass noticed a skin-like layer covering a vat of wine that had been contaminated with bacteria and had gone bad. the spoilage was a result of a colony of acetobacter, transforming the wine into vinegar. the by-product of this activity is the formation of the cellulose substance that eventually ferments in sheet form which the team then removes from the liquid, fashioning it into apparel, be it a dress or a vest. during its early stages of development, the micro’be’ material smells like red wine and feels like sludge when wet, however, the cotton-like cellulose dress ultimately fits like a ‘second skin’. 

alternate views of a dress made from the ‘sludge’ of red wine photos by ray scott

the formation of a garment created through the layering of sheets of fermented cellulose photo by bewley shaylor

detail of a fermented garment photo courtesy of bioalloy via CNET

via CNET

  • Is this similar to fruit ‘leather’

    seanc says:
  • does it desolve when it gets wet?
    does it decay?
    does it look like a burn victim?

    labbie says:
  • Pff.. My cousin invented this stuff!
    http://emilycrane.co.uk/index.html

    Sophie says:
  • Interesting technique but kinda creepy results… yes, it looks like burnt flesh. Yikes.

    Fidel says:
  • To come back on my previous comment. Turns out my cousin\’s process is different to this. But this is still a ripp-off from http://www.biocouture.co.uk/ Suzanne Lee did this stuff like 10 years ago..

    sophie says:
  • It looks as if it will age / soften like an animal skin.

    Eamon says:
  • kind of disgusting….. what about a t-bone steak dress following Gaga’s ??? what about a ‘used toilet paper’ dress? Create something useful (and intelligent), please!

    agent smith says:

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