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Biocouture . How to grow your own fabrics

“This is a method of producing fashion which is closer to brewing beer.”
Suzanne Lee, founder of Biocouture and promoter and founder of Biofabricate grows literally fashion.

If someone told you they could grow a dress from a vat of liquid, you probably wouldn’t believe them. Suzanne Lee is heading the world’s first biodesign consultancy firm, which brings knowledge from scientists’ labs into fashion production. Biocouture offers a completely new perspective on how we could manufacture clothing, accessories and sportswear in the future.

This is the only completely organic garment you can create, from its birth to death. A living cloth.

In AEG‘s reserach movie The Next Black, we meet Suzanne Lee in her London studio, where she’s using cellulose-producing microbes to grow garments in a vat of fermenting liquid. Through research and working with scientists, she developed a process of growing microbial material in a mixture of green tea, sugar and yeast to create a completely natural, 100% compostable product. The material can be dried, cut and sewn together to make clothes.

juliana de nicola. Senior Fashion and Art Editor
Juliana is an italian-austrian artist and designer. After academical art-studies and fashion Ba she started working as a free-lance in fashion business covering different roles to feed her curiosity, while her personal projects are growing out of her mouth and ears restless. She was born in Vienna in the past century, loves her savage dogs, lives now in Florence, and travels every time she can.


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