The inventive joining of 2 creative fields gave birth to Descience in 2014. It is an initiative to connect science and fashion and collaborate designers and scientists to bring research to runways. It is a project in which scientific discovery inspires innovation in fashion designers. The Fashion Globe Magazine recently introduced the Descience competition where the teams of scientists and designers were pairing up to produce fashion designs inspired by scientific research to be presented at Descience Runway 2014. It is the new future of fashion industry.
1. Chemist Professor Tony Ryan and artist and designer Professor Helen Storey have worked on a number of projects, most recent one called Catalytic clothing. It explores the use of an existing nano technology by combining science and art to tackle a global challenge, air pollution. Air pollution is current problem reducing the life expectancy, so an air-purifying photo catalyst applied to textiles and clothing can actively contribute to improving the quality of the air we breathe.
2. Nancy Volpe Berlinger and scientist Ulf Gehrmann, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute Curie in Paris, France, have created an elegant garment; a shape-shifting dress that reflects the ever-changing nature of the immune system.
3. Arielle Gogh worked with Esther Baena, a research fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to create a piece inspired by Baena’s research on how to interpret the growth and process of cancer tumors. The garment designed by Gogh uses layers and colors to reflect the different sizes and colors of tumors in the body.
4. Autumn Kietponglert collaborated with Julie Katelyn Anderson, who is working toward her PhD in chemistry and studies the galactic story with molecular probes in the field of astro chemistry. The garment they created uses iridescent material to represent the light seen from space and the zipper across the shoulder imitates the spectra, the first step in astrochemistry science.
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