The year is 2082. Materials are not made, but grown; not fashioned from fabrics, but from cells. Cosmetic surgery has been replaced by tissue-engineered skin, embellished with precious stones, and our bodies are capable of growing seasonal jewellery.
Science fiction? Or a glimpse into the real fashion houses of the future?
At some point in the (not too distant) future, biotechnology is going to give the design world the biggest set of completely new materials and tools it has ever had the opportunity to play with.
Designer and researcher Amy Congdon is interested in exploring what these materials and tools will mean for design and how tissue engineering could be used to grow new biological textiles for the fashion industry.
Her exhibition, Biological Atelier: The Showroom, is a showcase of pieces that explore potential new luxury and bespoke biological textiles; a collection of jewellery and skincare produced by the ‘atelier of the future’.