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Every once in a while we come across something that is utterly awesome. Then again, we always think the designers we featured are pretty awesome. But what can be more spectacular than a designer who is growing her own clothing line from bathtubs of sweet green tea?! As crazy as this sounds, Suzanne Lee has been able to produce a phenomenal line of sustainable clothing that looks absolutely amazing.

Fashion designer Suzanne Lee directs the BioCouture research project, which sprang from an idea in her book Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe, a seminal text on fashion and future technologies. Her research harnesses nature to propose a radical future fashion vision: Can we grow a dress from a vat of liquid?

Using bacterial-cellulose, Lee aims to address pressing ecological and sustainability issues around fashion and beyond. A Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, she is working with scientists to investigate whether synthetic biology can engineer optimized organisms for growing future consumer products.

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