Lauren Bowker

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Lauren Bowker, dressed in black holding hat

Lauren Bowker (born 16 September 1985) is an English designer and scientist, particularly known for her colour-change inks. Born in Rossendale, Lancashire, Bowker now resides in London, United Kingdom.

Bowker is a designer,[1] inventor,[2] director[3] and speaker[4] who works with museums, galleries, institutes and industries across the world,[5] specialising in material science and design. Bowker is the founder and creative director of THEUNSEEN,[6] a material innovation R&D house that develops intelligent materials using colour to visualise data.[7]

She is also the inventor of a number of colour-change inks[8] and compounds, launched an environment-responsive colour change fashion collection into Selfridges department store in October 2015,[9] and is one of the creators of her own version of color changing hair dye "FIRE" in January 2017.[10] In June 2017, Bowker presented a T-Shirt range responsive to climate change at the UN Nature summit on World Environment Day in Washington.[11]

Bowker is Editor at large of Science for Dazed,[12] a Creative Review creative leader[13] and winner of the most innovative brand award at the WGSN Futures award 2016.[14]

Bowker’s skin-based beauty products are set to be launched in 2019. The products include, Atmo Spheres, a colour pigment for the cheeks, eyes, lips and skin that changes when it comes into contact with heat, a breeze or seasonal temperature changes; Soul Shades, a skin-accentuating blusher that responds to skin’s natural temperature fluctuations; and Helio Veil, a self-forming freckle base activated by UV rays.[15]


  1. ^ "Meet Lauren Bowker, London's First Fashion-Channeling Witch". Vogue. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  2. ^ WIRED. "The Unseen uses chemistry to create reactive fashion". Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  3. ^ WIRED UK (2015-11-02), Lauren Bowker: How the Unseen uses Chemistry to Create Reactive Fashion | WIRED, retrieved 2018-01-21
  4. ^ TEDx Talks (2017-11-28), Why I Believe in Magick | Lauren Bowker | TEDxUCLWomen, retrieved 2018-01-21
  5. ^ Erizanu, Temujin Doran and Paula. "Color-changing inks respond to the environment". CNN. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  6. ^ The Unseen Official Website
  7. ^ TEDx Talks (2014-12-04), Intelligent textiles | Lauren Bowker | TEDxBermuda, retrieved 2018-01-21
  8. ^ Erizanu, Temujin Doran and Paula. "Color-changing inks respond to the environment". CNN. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  9. ^ "Lauren Bowker: the 'textile alchemist' fashioning a bright future". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  10. ^ Dazed (2017-02-17). "The witch who's made the her own version of colour-change hair". Dazed. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  11. ^ "Nature Summit in Celebration of World Environment Day | World Environment Day". Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  12. ^ Dazed (2017-09-07). "We created contact lenses that respond to emotion". Dazed. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  13. ^ "Lauren Bowker - Creative Review". Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  14. ^ "WGSN Futures Awards 2016: The Winners". Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  15. ^ "This Futuristic Chemist Is Changing The Face Of Beauty". Vogue. Retrieved 28 November 2018.