The Bioalloy Micro'be' fermented wine dress is a living and breathing biological outfit made of -- you guessed it -- aged red wine. The concept is certainly unorthodox, but may provide a space-aged and sustainable solution to textile shortages.
Project Fermented Fashion was developed by Australian scientists at the University of Western Australia. Utilizing a bacteria culture called 'Acetobacter,' the team was able to create a revolutionary fabric that is weaved by microbes. The bacteria is the same one used to brew wine into vinegar. The material is described as a delicate cotton when dry and a fibrous sludge when moist. The dress does indeed smell like a fragrant bottle of merlot up close.
Although this offbeat creation is unlikely to be spotted on runways or dressing racks anytime soon, the process is visually fascinating. The Bioalloy Micro'be' project is beyond bizarre, but sure gives Lady Gaga a run for her money -- sorry meat dress lovers.
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