Fermented Fashion: A New Dress Made of Microbes from Wine.

Via Starre Vartan
on Jun 19, 2012
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Image by Ray Scott.

We all want more sustainable clothing, but how about a dress made from billions of microscopic creatures?

Using Acetobacter bacteria—the kind that ferments vinegar into wine—a group of scientists from the University of Western Australia have created a dress that is literally grown instead of sewn.

Back of dress. Image by Bewley Shaylor.

Called Micro’be’, the “fermented fashion” project is described by the team as such:

“Micro’be’ fermented fashion investigates the practical and cultural biosynthesis of clothing—to explore the possible forms and cultural implications of futuristic dress-making and textile technologies.

Instead of lifeless weaving machines producing the textile, living microbes will ferment a garment.

A fermented garment will not only rupture the meaning of traditional interactions with body and clothing; but also raise questions around the contentious nature of the living materials themselves.

This project redefines the production of woven materials.

By combining art and science knowledge and with a little inventiveness, the ultimate goal will be to produce a bacterial fermented seamless garment that forms without a single stitch.”

Front detail. Image by Bewley Taylor.

Seriously, this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. And since it’s just made from microbes, it is naturally biodegradable. Would you wear a dress made from microbes?

Image by Ray Scott.


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About Starre Vartan

Starre Vartan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick and author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press). A problogger and oft-quoted green living expert who has been featured in the NYTimes, Elle, Glamour and Whole Living, she is a contributor to The Huffington Post, Inhabitat, and Hearst’s The Daily Green, and is currently editor-at-large for Coco Eco Magazine. An active ecofashionista, she has style edited for Plenty magazine and coordinated runway shows. She splits her time between Connecticut and NYC and calls Sydney, Australia her second home, even though it was her first (as that’s where she was born and most of her family resides). When not writing, blogging, or researching her next book, she is trailrunning, trying to cook, or snowboarding.Like this post? You can follow Eco-Chick.com on Twitter, like on Facebook. Sign up for the newsletter for more eco fashion, natural beauty, organic food, eco art, conscious travel and low-impact entertaining.


4 Responses to “Fermented Fashion: A New Dress Made of Microbes from Wine.”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Food & Green.

  2. tuxedo suit says:

    I think its a unique idea of fashion. And one of the coolest discovery thing. But maybe I will not try this for now.

  3. Damon says:

    Totally unique idea of new trend; well fashion has it own language no body knows whats in the future for fashion maybe it will take advance level of fashion.

  4. zeny says:

    saw it today at the NHM in Romania…..amazing….oh n btw it also smells like wine…