Widely present in non-potable water in underdeveloped countries due to poor chlorination
Found in the human mouth, mucosal linings of the upper pharynx, and respiratory tract.
Typically lives inside human stomachs and in the air and soil
“The more technologically advanced our society becomes, the more we need to go back to the basic fundamentals of human communication.”
– Angela Ahrendts
I wanted to emphasize the connection between science and humanity, finding ways to make the wearer emotionally connected to the living dyes and the garments by storytelling.
In this case, I told the story of the loss of my grandmother, someone to whom I’ve never said goodbye. By juxtaposing biotechnology with personal memory, I noticed the peculiar relationship between the new and the old, between technology and memory. I want to explore this connection, using the Living Dyes to preserve the memory of my grandmother in a visual way using colors and forms.
Sketches and prototypes
Photo: Hong Yu
Model: Lena Domas
Assistant: Manu Varas
Nature has a slower time clock compared to the fashion industry. A bio-tech product usually takes ten years or more to develop, during that time, numerous tests, analyses, and discussions are performed in order to fully understand the impact to humans and to the environment. This work pace runs counter to the idea of fashion, which always celebrates the “new” and the “exciting” without questioning the long-term effects. The consumers are extremely inpatient and constantly changing their demands. In the future, more needs to be done to assess the product’s life cycle. Bio-tech companies need to balance between ensuring that the developing products bring long term ecological benefits, and pleasing the fast-changing consumer market.