About Suzanne

Bio

Suzanne is the Founder of Biocouture the world’s first ‘living materials’ consultancy. Biocouture's unique focus is to bring emergent biomaterials, biodesign and biofabrication to consumer products, working exclusively with material innovators and brands to take materials from the lab to the market.

Biocouture is the convener of BIOFABRICATE, the first ever summit dedicated to biofabrication for future consumer products. Biofabrication comprises highly disruptive new technologies enabling design to intersect with the building blocks of life.

Suzanne is the author of ‘Fashioning The Future: tomorrow’s wardrobe’, the first book to capture the future of fashion through science and technology. It remains a key text for designers, scientists and engineers wanting to glimpse the future of wearable technology.

Languages

English, French

Education

  • Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design, University of The Arts, London; Fashion & Textile Design, 1989 - 1994

Job Titles

Founder Biocouture Ltd. & Founder BIOFABRICATE LLC.

Skills and interests

Design, Biology, Fashion, Sustainability

Latest Tweet

Adidas knit these sneakers entirely from ocean plastic trash: http://t.co/6mv4FSuYam
2 Jul

About Suzanne Lee’s work

Hardback 2005, Paperback 2007 After years of researching wearable electronics, new production systems like 3D printing and designers working in labs, I decided to turn my personal research into a resource that could be shared with students, other designers and anyone interested in the technological future of fashion and textiles. Astonishingly no book existed that charted both the history of technology and fashion along with contemporary R&D developments. So this book was born! At the time fashion and textile students were still largely unaware, even uninterested, in what science and technology might offer to their creative endeavours. I knew I had to produce a book that would be visually seductive to grab their attention, present lots of new visions coming to fruition and include comprehensive contacts and resources. I managed to persuade a top international creative team to work with me on all the visuals and art direction: Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones. Their clients include Issey Miyake, Björk, Massive Attack, Boucheron, Cacharel, Hermès, Nike and Sony. My research assistant Marketa Uhlirova was fantastic at helping to enrich the historical research finding some amazing, never before published, images dating back to the C19th. She now directs and curates the highly respected 'Fashion in Film' festival. (http://www.fashioninfilm.com/about.htm) The book takes the form of 10 hypothetical garments, each one profiling an emergent technological field. From spray-on dresses, growable suits and talking t-shirts shirts to shape-changing skirts and self-organising raincoats, each future fashion image acts as a trojan horse for imparting scientific and technological information to non-scientists and luddites. It is exciting to now see design students from all fields readily engaging with science and technology and indeed this is crucial if we are to produce informed designers who can responsibly address future consumer needs and sustainability. If I ever get around to writing another book it would be about biology and design, all thoughts welcome!

Companies and organizations

Biocouture, BIOFABRICATE, Modern Meadow

Fellows I'm collaborating with

Oliver Medvedik

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Projects

Book: Fashioning The Future: tomorrow's wardobe

Hardback 2005, Paperback 2007 After years of researching wearable electronics, new production systems like 3D printing and designers working in labs, I decided to turn my personal research into a resource that could be shared with students, other designers and anyone interested in the technological future of fashion and textiles. Astonishingly no book existed that charted both the history of technology and fashion along with contemporary R&D developments. So this book was born! At the time fashion and textile students were still largely unaware, even uninterested, in what science and technology might offer to their creative endeavours. I knew I had to produce a book that would be visually seductive to grab their attention, present lots of new visions coming to fruition and include comprehensive contacts and resources. I managed to persuade a top international creative team to work with me on all the visuals and art direction: Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones. Their clients include Issey Miyake, Björk, Massive Attack, Boucheron, Cacharel, Hermès, Nike and Sony. My research assistant Marketa Uhlirova was fantastic at helping to enrich the historical research finding some amazing, never before published, images dating back to the C19th. She now directs and curates the highly respected 'Fashion in Film' festival. (http://www.fashioninfilm.com/about.htm) The book takes the form of 10 hypothetical garments, each one profiling an emergent technological field. From spray-on dresses, growable suits and talking t-shirts shirts to shape-changing skirts and self-organising raincoats, each future fashion image acts as a trojan horse for imparting scientific and technological information to non-scientists and luddites. It is exciting to now see design students from all fields readily engaging with science and technology and indeed this is crucial if we are to produce informed designers who can responsibly address future consumer needs and sustainability. If I ever get around to writing another book it would be about biology and design, all thoughts welcome!

Project website

Biocouture

Project website

BIOFABRICATE

Biofabricate 2014 is first ever summit dedicated to biofabrication for future consumer products. Biofabrication comprises highly disruptive new technologies enabling design to intersect with the building blocks of life. It takes place on December 4th 2014 at the new Microsoft Technology Centre, Manhattan, Times Square.

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Growing Materials Google+ Community

The research community interested in growing materials using living organisms. For designers, engineers, scientists and anyone wanting to learn more about growing materials. We define these materials as produced biologically from living organisms; yeast, bacteria, fungi, cells etc. Please share your research projects, experiments, events and links to further resources and papers. Let’s grow a better world!

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Suzanne Lee on the TED blog

Design

When science meets sartorial: the skirt and shoe made from kombucha

February 5, 2014

What might our clothes look like in 50 years? When textile designer Suzanne Lee was researching her book, Fashioning the Future, she found the most interesting answers to that question when she looked beyond the traditional borders of fashion design. Beyond cut, color and cloth, our style in 50 years will be driven by new materials from […]

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Hypernatural intelligence: A Fellows Friday conversation with Skylar Tibbits and Suzanne Lee

January 25, 2013

Fashion designer and BioCouture founder Suzanne Lee harnesses the labor of microorganisms to grow clothing. Computational architect Skylar Tibbits — who’s setting up a lab at MIT focused on self-assembly technologies and programmable materials — examines biological systems to develop his methods. We asked them to discuss the directions they’re exploring, and the trends and […]

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