Collaboration – Science and Fashion come together

Inspiration board from Candice's studio. Includes scientific images, fashion images, and a wide variety of shapes and textures showing how fashion can emulate science.

The design is inspired by the power and independence sparked within rare diseases patients by new technologies and treatments. The red heart of the dress represents the blood vessels that hold the endothelial cells that are key to the inspiring technology. The black bra is composed of a printed three-dimensional matrix that evokes cell-cell junctions. The model emerges from a green cage and a black train, which evoke actin stress fibers and emergence from disease to freedom. The shape and texture of the dress further reinforce the intricacy and complication associated with each rare genetic disease, but also the elegance and power that can emerge from them.

fabric – the similarity with vascular networks.

Various fabrics were tried and dyed in an attempt to invoke a vascular or neural network.

The 3-D printed bra is covered in decorative beads to help add dimensionality.

Another 3-D printed headpiece reminiscent of cell-cell junctions.

The bra and headpiece was 3-D printed to highlight cell-cell junctions in cell monolayers.

The cage evolving.

The cage was inspired by fluorescent micrographs of endothelial cells that are used for drug discovery in the rare disease field. The blue lights signify nuclei, the green fabric invokes actin stress fibers, and the cage itself is suggestive of the cell-cell junctions.

The dress begins to take shape.

A collection of process images showing many aspects of the work, from inspiration to final design.

All the fashion and science rolled up into one.

Description

There are thousands of genetic diseases that together affect Millions of Americans. Many of these people feel alone – even orphaned – because there are so few with whom they can share their experience. The science that inspired these dress melds experimental and computational biology to identify drugs that could be repurposed to treat genetic diseases. The design is inspired by the power and independence sparked within rare diseases patients by new technologies and treatments. The red heart of the dress represents the blood vessels that hold the endothelial cells that are key to the inspiring technology. The black bra is composed of a printed three-dimensional matrix that further evokes the blood vessels that incorporate into all tissues and exchange nutrients. The model emerges from a green cage and a black train, which evoke actin stress fibers and emergence from disease to freedom. The shape and texture of the dress further reinforce the intricacy and complication associated with each rare genetic disease, but also the elegance and power that can emerge from them.