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Wear me, drink me. Artist creates dress from red wine.

on 11/06/12 at 10:54 am

Booze News

Contemporary artist Donna Franklin has created the world’s first dress made from  red wine.

In a collaboration with Bioalloy, which carries out research for the University of Western Australia (UWA), Franklin developed the fibrous cellulose fabric by introducing acetobacter – the bacteria used in the fermentation process of turning wine into vinegar – into vats of red wine.

The bacteria produces cellulose, which is chemically similar to cotton, when grown in a solution containing glucose.

Other alcohol, including beer, can be used in place of wine.

Gary Cass of Bioally chanced upon the material while attempting to make a cyborg with self-developing skin.