From Corn to Couture: Biotech Fashion Show

20Jul06

From food to fashion, last week’s Biotech Fashion Show in Toronto showcased the design possibilities of Ingeo, a fabric made from corn sugar that can resemble the look and feel of silk or leather. Sweet! Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Elisa Jimenez, Linda Loudermilk were among the leading designers tapped to create Ingeo-based evening and casual wear for this mini-runway.

Halston and de la Renta opted for classic a-line silhouettes in shimmery whites while Jimenez designed a provocatively sheer sheath gown. Not particularly groundbreaking design, but definitely elegant. To see more designs you can check out this link to a video clip.

Ingeo is currently made with support from genetically-modified crops which poses a downside for eco-purists. On the other hand, the ability to compost clothing is pretty revolutionary. Hopefully there will be momentum for manufacturers to go organic.

Special thanks to Paul at Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) for sharing pics from the show.

Links:
Reuters: Sweet Fashions Star at Toronto Biotech Show
Treehugger: BioTech Fashion Struts its Stuff
BIO: Video of Show [NOTE: this is a video of the entire event for the biotech community so you will probably want to fast forward through the CEO speeches to get to the runway show]

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