Fashion and Science are two things that you don't normally think of going together. Working in a lab makes you dress functionally, and you often have to wear a plain white lab coat like you see in the movies. This fashion + science collaboration tries to change that image by using science as an inspiration for fashion. I worked with Boston-based designer Tatiana Tejedor (Caramelo Clothing) developing a dress inspired by our latest research on using bacteria as a cancer detection and treatment approach. The dress was made up of images of fluorescent breast cancer cells, transformed into a print, and finally decorated with fluorescent bacteria to make the dress 'glow' when it is in the dark. This collaboration was part of the Fashion Descience competition, a unique project that pairs a scientist with a fashion designer to create garments inspired by science. You can find more about it here if you want to get involved.
Our design was a top 5 finalist in the Fashion Descience Runway Show, received an Honorable Mention, and covered by WBZ-Boston (CBS news) as well in the Youtube Video below. Below is an image gallery with images from our process. Photos from Fashion Descience Runway Show courtesy of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (Marta Murcia).