|Fermented clothing on mannequin from
Well, this is certainly unusual: The Genteel | Fermented Fashion. I found out about this from a Tweet from Irene Kim
Anyway the article describes the “Micro’be'” project for which more details are available here. Some interesting details at that site include a description
Imagine a fabric that grows…a garment that forms itself without a single stitch!
The fashion that starts with a bottle of wine…
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.
So – in essence they are trying to grow clothing as a side product of wine fermentation. Not sure what it is like to wear such clothing – or to be around someone wearing it – but it is a fun idea.