Would You Wear a Wedding Dress Made from Fungus?

After the recent dress discussion, give it time – this will grow on you…   I’m itching just thinking about this disaster.

Would you wear clothing grown from a mixture of yeast, bacteria and a sugary green tea solution? How about from a combination of plant matter and microscopic mushrooms? These odd materials may sound like something out of the Jetsons’ wardrobe, but they could have an influence on how fashion is manufactured.

“I think the ability for us to grow our own clothing could have great positive potential,” says Erin Smith, artist in residence at Microsoft Research who brewed her own wedding dress. “Growing clothing from scratch could both eliminate carbon emissions caused by transportation and allow for a garment that can be grown to your precise dimensions and specifications.”

Source: Would you wear a wedding dress made from fungus?

It’s over. We’ve been out-lentilled.  We can all pack up our elopements, thrift store wedding dresses, locally-sourced hand-hewn engagement ring made out of 100% recyclable materials, vegan wedding cakes and go home.

The article is an interesting read, giving some perspective on biomaterials for clothing.  That said, I’m a bit leery about the lack of photos. Pret A Portabella 😉

…but I can’t help with the snark:

  • the mushrooms are retaining water
  • what does the groom wear?
  • that‘s not a mushroom
  • that’s not a dress you can recycle…  Traditionally you were supposed to use the fabric to make your kids’ christening outfits.  Now I understand why all those old christening outfits looked like doilies…
  • you can saute the mushrooms the day after
  • no mention of colour?
  • whip cream would probably do the same job
  • If you wanna cut down on fabric, go with the hotpants dress
  • Lady Gaga quote anyone?

Plug for The Brides Project – they accept donated gowns from brides, salons, and designers. These gowns are sold to brides-to-be at approximately half the retail value with all profits going to cancer charities.

About That Dress

White and gold, blue and black…  C’mon people – it’s puce and salmon.

It’s important to stress that agreement does not mean the majority are infact correct.  I learnt today that “consensus” is a synonym for “unanimous” – previously I understood “consensus” to mean “majority”.  I attribute my misunderstanding to be similar to the state of how “literally” is now used to mean “figuratively”.  Or how “Nimrod” became entrenched in our vocabulary as a synonym for “idiot”/etc – the story I got was that it came from a Bugs Bunny short where Bugs called Elmer Fudd “Nimrod”, as in “Nimrod the hunter” – but the context is lost on children who grew up watching this and only understood the implied meaning.

I’m so old, I remember the last time something like this came up.  It was an animated gif of a dancer spinning.  As I recall, it was an indication of brain operation that would tell you which direction the spin was occurring.  And when you knew about it, you could control the spin direction:

Which direction does the image spin for you?

But this is about colour.  Colour blindness for women (last I knew) – it’s almost impossible to be colour blind.  It was attributed to the Y chromosome for why men can be colour blind.  Apparently some had the belief that all men are colour blind?  Not all men…  Like super tasters, there’s people (predominantly women) with more cones who see more of the colour spectrum.  At least the spectrum we’re capable of – the Mantis Shrimp sees way more (obligatory Penny Arcade “Claw Shrimp” shoutout).  Some argue that this could also be attributed to lighting – sodium lights are used in some applications to make people under them look less attractive.  And photography has a “golden moment” for when to take pictures…  Keep in mind that our vision isn’t entirely understood – in theory, what we see should be upside down.  Cue “Dancing on the ceiling”…

There’s all sorts of wackiness in colour and terminology – orange came from the fruit, not the other way around.  At least there’s no historical indication otherwise.  And I can’t remember if it’s pink or violet that doesn’t actually exist in the colour spectrum.  That’s besides that “violet” in French means “pink”…Oh, and the fun of talking with people who believe black is just black, that there aren’t varying shades (make mine rich black!).  Doesn’t take long when you put midnight blue next to black…

One day we’ll understand why this came up, but to my knowledge it won’t be today.