The phrase “I’m wearing my favorite designer” may take on a whole new meaning, thanks to Tina Gorjanc, founder of the label Pure Human. Gorjanc got ahold of a sample of Alexander McQueen‘s DNA and, naturally, plans to use it to make leather backpacks, jackets and purses. Delightful.
It is worth noting that McQueen’s posthumous line started out as a student project at his own alma mater, Central Saint Martins, and remains in the proposal stage. However, according to Oyster magazine, Gorjanc has already successfully grown a small sample of her fabric of choice (the designer’s skin tissue).
Of the project, which aims to highlight the “shortcomings concerning the protection of biological information,” Gorjanc says, “If a student like me was able to patent a material extracted from Alexander McQueen’s biological information as there was no legislation to stop me, we can only imagine what big corporations with bigger funding are going to be capable of doing in the future.” Gorjanc’s work underlines the problematic fact that appropriating someone else’s DNA is still considered fair use. And yet, for the moment, this is the most macabre fate we can imagine for our remains. (more…)