Suzanne Lee

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Suzanne Lee is a London based fashion designer working on fashion and future technologies.

She is a Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Director of The BioCouture Research Project.

Her recent Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project BioCouture looks at ecological and sustainability issues surrounding fashion. She is working with scientists to engineer optimized organisms for growing future consumer products.

In 2007 she published Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow's Wardobe. The book examines the work of the scientific researchers and fashion designers, such as Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan and Walter Van Beirendonck, who are transforming today’s science fiction into tomorrow’s reality.


BioCouture is a research project using nature to suggest an innovative future fashion vision. Suzanne Lee uses microbial-cellulose (composed of millions of tiny bacteria grown in bathtubs of sweet green tea) to produce clothing. The idea is to grow a dress in a vat of liquid'.[1]

BioCouture has been included in Time Magazine's annual roundup of The Top 50 Best Inventions of 2010.[2]


  1. ^ ["" BioCouture Official Website]
  2. ^ [",28804,2029497_2030651,00.html" Time Magazine, 2010, The Top 50 Best Inventions of 2010]

Further reading[edit]

  • Suzanne Lee, Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow's Wardrobe, Thames & Hudson, 2005 [1]
  • Nicholas Jordan, From teabags to T-shirts, The Australian, 30 May 2011 [2]
  • Stefania Vourazeri, V.O.W N°8 // BioCouture by Suzanne Lee, Yatzer, 25 February 2011 [3]

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