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Food in fashion: edible clothing and accessories

Fashion designer Emily Crane is one of a new breed of fashion and accessories designer, who are pushing the boundaries of design through materials and process. Her brand of fashion, called ‘cultivated couture’ involves “growing, cultivating and forming new hybrid materials” for the fashion of the future.” Borrowing skills from molecular cooking, she aims to help fast fashion “respond to a more sustainable future.”

In her kitchen-cum-laboratory, Crane grows and freezes bubbles to create a form of bio-lace that is both wearable and edible. “Micro-Nutrient Couture is a sensory world of transient fashion where no one but the individual will ever wear the same dress again, “ she explains."Through this unique process and development of new materiality I have laid an innovative creative foundation for future fashion design, conscious of the restraints of our future planet and the impact from current fashion cycles. My methods look towards ‘survival’ as a key factor informing my processes; fashion is no longer a thing of simple beauty, but of nutrition too."

Emily works with a variety of materials including animal gelatins and seaweed to create “edible lustres” that are wearable art – as can be seen in this video:

Crane has also been approached by a perfumier to create a ‘sensory necklace’: a scented necklace that is put on in the morning, but that melts away during the day, leaving only the fragrance behind.
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