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 Wardrobe. 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.
Lee founded BioFabricate in 2014 to work at the intersection of design, biology and sustainability. They host an annual conference where businesses that biotechnology to develop material, fashion and clothing present work.
- Venkataramanan, Madhumita (2 January 2014). "Biocouture from the lab to the high street". Wired.co.uk.
- Grose, Jessica (4 March 2014). "Making Clothes from Microbes". mental floss.
- "BioCouture official website". BioCouture.co.uk.
- Luscombe, Belinda (11 November 2010). "The 50 Best Inventions of 2010: Clothing - BioCouture". Time.
- "Synbio Blog PLOS". plos.org.
- Suzanne Lee, "Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow's Wardrobe", Thames & Hudson, 2005
- Nicholas Jordan, "From teabags to T-shirts", The Australian, 30 May 2011
- Stefania Vourazeri, "V.O.W N°8 // BioCouture by Suzanne Lee", Yatzer, 25 February 2011
- Official website of BioCouture
- Suzanne Lee at TED
- Bio-Couture on Exposureroom, Video for the new Trash Fashion exhibition at the Science Museum (archived in 2011)