In strange fashion-meets-tech news, a fashion design student is currently working on a collection of leather bags and jackets made from the late Alexander McQueen‘s skin. Quartz reports that London-based designer Tina Gorjanc, who is a student at Central Saint Martins, is using McQueen’s DNA to grow human skin in a lab project for part of her material futures program at the fashion school.
The “skin” will bear tattoos, moles and freckles reflecting the real locations, size and design of McQueen’s. Gorjanc launched the project titled “Pure Human” with hopes to bring to light “how corporations might one day exploit genetic information for luxury goods, and to showcase how little protection exists for a person’s DNA,” according to the article.
Gorjanc was able to use McQueen’s DNA from the late designer’s 1992 “Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims” collection, which he sewed his own hair into. To protect the project, Gorjanc filed two patents so far—one for the “bioengineered genetic material that is grown in the lab using tissue-engineering technology and the process of de-extinction” and the other to protect the actual design process itself.
But don’t get too excited to wear a jacket made out of McQueen’s skin–the final collection will most likely be put on display in a gallery rather than being sold to consumers.
And how does McQueen’s brand feel about Gorjanc’s DNA project? According to Gorjanc, they were quite impressed:
“At my final degree show, one of the McQueen representatives came to see my project. They were really fascinated with the idea and I’ve had a really positive response from them…People that were really close to him or that worked for his institution said that he might actually like the idea. He was always pushing the boundaries and always trying to break laws in fashion.”
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US