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Soft Systems

Lisu Yu

How could haute-couture be transformed through biomaterials?

'Bio-a-Porter' focuses on biomaterials and places creative practice at the forefront of the innovation ecosystem to question the materiality of our lives and pioneer sustainable production methods in the context of fashion. This research explores the potential of experimental biomaterials, upgrading conventional haute-couture processes to create a unique aesthetic.

'Bio-a-Porter' addresses the shortcomings of odour, colour, texture and resilience by enhancing biological technologies and recipes through a craft lens. Core components of 'Bio-a-Porter' are picked from ocean ingredients, showcasing the possibilities of creating diverse categories of bio-fabric after experimentation. A library of unique bio recipes is devised and evaluated through the systematic framework of a Lab book. By incorporating distinctive hand-skills such as weaving, embroidery, and casting, the biomaterials show the potential to challenge fashion haute couture. 



Degree Details

School of Design

Soft Systems

As a textile and fashion designer, Lisu Yu focuses on the communication between material, people, and the environment. By exploring contemporary lifestyles and production processes, she devotes her attention to the field of sustainability in order to explore the future of material. She believes that by challenging materiality today, we will discover how to live better tomorrow.  

Embroidery with biomaterial — The image shows the process of translating embroidery skill and adding embellishments with biomaterial.

Process — The video shows the process of making bio-fabric.
Bio-fabric with embellishments

Bio-fabric classification — The image shows the changes of bio-fabric under the microscope at different stages during dehydration.

Making patterns with biomaterial — The image shows how to make prints and patterns with biomaterials.

Bio-leather — Bio-fabric can be moulded and imitates different types of leather.

Making process — Compared with fabric, bio-fabric simplifies the complicated steps of manipulating fibres and making cloth. The colouring and moulding process can be done at the same time while making the bio-fabric.

Lab book — The lab book records the detailed parameters and processes of making bio-fabric.

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