Skin II by Rosie Broadhead in collaboration with microbiologist Dr.Callewaert, explores the benefits of encapsulating probiotic bacteria into the fibres of clothing.
Central Saint Martins graduate Rosie Broadhead has integrated live bacteria into the fibres of clothing that reduces body odour, encourages cell renewal and improves the immune system, when activated by sweat. By encapsulating live bacteria into the fibres of a leotard-like garment, the designer hopes to create a new interaction between fabric and skin through the use of probiotic technology.
For optimal results, the probiotics are strategically placed in key areas where you would normally sweat. This project not only replaces the need for chemical fabric finishes, but also reduces the need to wash your clothes as frequently. Skin II aims to use what is natural on our bodies to advance the performance of clothing.
Invisible to the naked eye, our bodies play host to millions of microorganisms. Optimal skin conditions depend on the probiotic bacteria or microbes that live on our bodies. Our skin’s biome is shaped by our natural environment, and what we put on and next to our skin has a direct impact on our bodies.