In unsure times like these, we strongly focus on our safety and our health. Currently, there are articles popping up filled with tips on how to keep your health in check and how to improve your immune system. But what if it is not only about what you put in your body, but also what you put on your body? As a researcher and designer in the fashion industry, this is a subject that Rosie Broadhead explores by using probiotic bacteria in clothing.
In collaboration with microbiologist Dr. CalleweaterBroadhead created the probiotic clothing concept Skin II. As for most clothing cosmetic products and fabric finishes are being used that can contain toxic chemicals, which disrupts the diversity of the bacteria on our skin. By inserting probiotics into the fibers of the clothing, it offers beneficial effects. The good bacteria are being activated when they come in contact with the moisture on our skin, allowing them to dominate less beneficial bacteria. Especially by placing the probiotics strategically in key areas where you would normally sweat this results in a very effective outcome.
The designer’s interest lies between skin and interaction with clothing and how science and technology can influence the future of fashion. Designing innovative textile rather than creating a new garment is now more important than ever.