'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin
 

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin

developed in collaboration with microbiologist dr callewaert of ghent university, researcher and designer rosie broadhead unveils ‘skin II’ that explores using probiotic bacteria in clothing. the project takes leave from the use of chemicals that is predominant in our modern society and instead focuses on utilizing more natural elements. by inserting probiotics into the fabric of the garment, the work examines the beneficial effect that good bacteria can have on our skin.

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin designboom

all images © karl felix

 

 

the project by broadhead and dr callewaert first considers the environment of human skin and the millions of micro-organisms that are naturally found on our skin, despite being invisible to the naked eye. with this in mind, ‘skin II’ harnesses probiotic technology to allow these organisms to thrive, as opposed to the harsh chemicals found in our skincare and clothing that disrupt the natural equilibrium of our bodies. woven into the fabric of the form-fitting bodysuit, the probiotic bacteria is strategically positioned and are activated by the users’ sweat, resulting in a deodorizing effect. 

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin designboom

 

 

in addition to reducing body odour, the probiotic bacteria also promotes healthy skin by encouraging cell renewal and improving the skin’s immune system. the design of ‘skin II’ also allows clothes to be washed less often, lessening the usage of washing machines. overall, the project proposes using what is naturally occurring on our bodies to create innovative clothing that helps to maintain and improve our skin. as a graduate student at central saint martins in london, rosie broadhead has presented ‘skin II’ during the MA material futures degree show.

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin designboom

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin designboom

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin designboom

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin designboom

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin designboom

'skin II' is a probiotic clothing concept that is activated by sweat to promote healthy skin designboom

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘skin II’

design: rosie broadhead

experts and collaborators: dr chris callewaert, postdoctoral researcher, centre for microbial ecology and technology, ghent university

photography: karl felix

set design consultant: tom schneider

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