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Brief Published: 14 Jun 2012

Fermented Wine Dress


Researchers from the University of Western Australia have created a dress made entirely from fermented wine.

Developed by scientist Gary Cass and his partner Donna Franklin, the garment uses fabric created from a bacteria called acetobacter that is present in the fermenting process that turns wine into vinegar.

Living microbes are used to ferment wine, turning the liquid into a thick, gloopy sludge which is then moulded onto a mannequin or model and left to dry to form the garment.

Named Micro’be, the fabric is seamless and retains the tannin smell of red wine. The researchers are now keen to explore the possibilities of creating further examples of ‘fermented fashion’ using fermented drinks.

University of Western Australia