As a microbiologist, my interest towards actual microorganism is actually at a minimum level. Probably some of you already know this, I'm more into molecular stuff than the living organisms itself. But seeing microbiology being applied in fashion, especially high fashion, actually piqued my interest. These are old stuff, but seeing I just discovered it today, I have a feeling most of you haven't even known these yet.
I don't know much about Martin Margiela or his fashion house (which apparently isn't in his hands anymore), save for he is extremely secretive and the designs were really avant garde (the Resort 2012 and Pre-Fall 2012 collections are drool-worthy, though).
In 1997, he held his first solo exhibition in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
Eighteen dressed dummies represent all previous Martin Margiela Collections (Spring 1989 up to Fall 1997). Garments chosen from each season are specially reproduced in whites, creams and greys. A collaboration with a prominent Dutch Microbiologist Dr. A.W.S.M van Egeraat, Professor at the Wareningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands. Each outfit is treated with different strains of bacteria, yeast and mould, all isolated from the air and nurtured to provide varying colours and textures. Over the first five days of the exhibition these organisms develop on the clothes and, once their gestation period is complete, change the colour and aspect of the garments.