I'm pleased to share an excerpt an article in iD magazine below, titled "What can fashion learn from Science" about the work we are doing at Boston based science and fashion group, Descience, in which I am creative lead. It is a totally novel concept and a group which has a bright impactful future ahead.
Thanks for the awesome and timely piece Doug!
(*See the link at the bottom for the full article)
Doug Main, "What can fashion learn from Science," iD Magazine, April 2, 2015.
"I have no dress except the one I wear every day," famed said famed scientist Marie Curie. "If you are going to be kind enough to give me one," she asked a friend, "please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory."
Curie was a two-time Nobel Prize winner who made some of the most important early discoveries about radioactivity, besides discovering two elements, radium and polonium. We can all agree she was a badass, but she wasn't known for her fashion sense. I don't raise this point to critique her — quite the opposite. I mention it because it illustrates a certain stereotype: that science and fashion might seem to have little to do with each other, or even exist in some sort of opposition to one another.
But it's perhaps time to rethink this relationship; there is more cooperation between the two fields now than ever before. At SXSW this year, MoMA's senior curator Paola Antonelli devoted much of her talk to the importance of collaboration between science and design/fashion.
"Some of the most interesting bridges between biology and design are happening now," she said.
Antonelli referenced a few examples, like a 3D printed dress MOMA recently acquired from the Nervous System design studio in New York, a piece which is printed from a single piece of nylon. She also talked about the creation of small jacket of "victimless leather" made from stem cells--instead of being taken from live animals--by an Australian company called SymbioticA.
But no group has taken seriously the fusion of fashion and science quite like a Boston-based group called Descience ....
(see link for full article.)