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The Biological Tailor-Made aims to speculate on an alternative role of fashion designer in the age of biotechnology and invert the system of the current fashion industry by the power of Bio-hacking through improving the conventional pattern cutting techniques for emerging bio-material in particular.
In order to tackle the complex task of developing a bio-fashion prototype, I worked in parallel running modules according to discipline –Fashion, Digital Fabrication and Bio-hacking.
ⅰ Fashion: I made a tailored suit by custom made process. Traditional Tailor-Made is the analogy of this work.
ⅱ Digital Fabrication: Scanned, digitized the fashion pattern, and edited the data for 3D design process, and milling it with a large scale CNC machine. CNC processing the tailored-suit data with the Shopbot, which is specialized for large scaled data, especially for architects.
ⅲ Bio-Hacking: SCOBY produces celluloses by the principles of fermentation and a sheet of cellulose is layered to expand its volume and capacity. A metabolic system of new bio-materials enables us to control its shape according to the mold. if one incubates SCOBY on a curved surface, SCOBY will follow that curve when it dries.
The 2.5 dimensional pattern can express the curved surface shape to fit a woman’s body: It also creates the possibility of introducing Bio-hacking and Digital Fabrication into Fashion Design.
Design and Research: Kazuya Kawasaki
Supervisor: Dr. Daijiro Mizuno PhD (RCA)
Film: Hayate Kobayashi
Music: Kenta Tanaka
Project Assistant: Kotaro Sano
Model: Tamami Ohbuchi
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