Designers unveil dress made from red wine
Posted by Xeno on June 13, 2012
Scientists have unveiled a collection of skin-tight garments fashioned from red wine.
A team from the University of Western Australia added a bacteria to the alcoholic beverage to create a cotton-like substance.
To date they have made dresses, T-shirts and swimwear and are now looking at ways to improve the fabric tear strength.
Lead researcher Gary Cass, collaborated with contemporary artist Donna Franklin to deisgn the womenswear range and believes fermented fashion could one day become mainstream.
Discussing the project he states: ‘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.’
To create the fabric, a bacteria called acetobacter is added to vats of wine to convert it into vinegar and a scum-like surface gradually forms.
This layer is then harvested and dried on an inflatable mannequin to get the desired shape.