Mycelium dress is a couture piece, biobespoke, made as an example of how the company Studiobio can cater to clients’ needs for customisation and personalisation at a biological level. Grown by synthetic mycelium engineered to form in a lace like pattern, the dress is the first of its kind. There are 3 components to this piece, images of the dress as artefact, promotional images of the dress and a promotional video.
Though this is a speculative garment, the concept is that such synthetic mycelium if developed in the future could not only produce materials, but develop smart one that as well as being aesthetically beautiful, breakdown carbon and pollutants in the air. They could also utilise some of existing functions as an organism made of countless hyphae that communicates to its counterparts by using a web like network. The speculation is also that the mycelium has been reprogrammed to utilise this communication system to construct lace patterns. On disposal of the garment when dug into the soil it would work further to remove and reduce the harmful effects of certain toxic contaminants.
Design - Hannah Hansell
Photography - Hannah Hansell
Styling - Hannah Hansell