by Brooke Dowd Sacco
I’ve heard of dressing like you’ve had to much to drink and clothes covered in booze, but garments made from actual wine and beer? News to me. Playfully called, “boozy couture” or “fermented fashion,” they are derived entirely from the alcoholic beverages. Developed by a group of scientists at the University of Western Australia, the Microb’be’ project eschews “lifeless weaving machines” in favor of living microbes. The resulting material, which comprises microfibers of cellulose, feels like sludge when wet but dries to the consistency of cotton. Unfortunately, the pieces produce vinegar as an end product, which makes them smell the morning after a night of heavy drinking…but you could already be used to that.