Fashion Materials of the Future

   Picture the transition from clothes being sawn to clothes being grown. Suzanne is pioneering the development of innovative  

bio-materials for fashion and the world of food.


A biofabricator. A biocouture specialist. A fashion-designer. A pioneer in growing cloth using living organisms. A TED Fellow. A writer. A Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts in London.


Suzanne is the Founder and CEO of Biocouture. She coined the term ‘biocouture’ in 2004 to describe her pioneering research growing clothing using living organisms.  In 2014 she has joined the in-vitro leather innovators at Modern Meadow helping biofabrication reach new horizons. Biocouture garments have been exhibited around the world, featured in many design books and across media. Suzanne has been recognised with a prestigious TED Senior Fellowship and her ‘Grow your own clothes’ TED talk has been viewed over 940,000 times and translated into 38 languages.



Biocouture has evolved to become the world’s first biocreative consultancy. With a focus on bringing new biomaterials, biodesign and biofabrication to fashion, beauty, sport and luxury, the studio works exclusively with living material innovators and consumer brands to take materials from the lab to the market.


In 2005 Suzanne wrote the groundbreaking book, ‘Fashioning The Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe’, where, for the first time, new technologies for fashion and textiles were captured and mapped out. It remains a key text for designers, scientists and engineers wanting to glimpse the future of wearable technology.


Suzanne was named a Launch Innovator 2013, an initiative of Nike, NASA, U.S. State Department, and USAID. As a thought leader and advocate for the emerging world of biofabrication, she is convening the world’s first ‘BIOFABRICATE’ Summit in New York City. BIOFABRICATE will grow a global community to inform, nurture and generate impact for the future.



Speaking topics




Bio couture


Revolution in sustainable materials


Innovation & Futurecraft


















Fashioning the Future is a visionary and creative exploration of where fashion and clothing are heading, the very first guide to the future wardrobe and the emergent technologies making it possible. Ten major themes embrace all kinds of clothing, from The Spray-On Dress to The Talking T-Shirt, all accompanied by Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Joness distinctive images. Both a unique visual journey and an inspirational research tool, this book is aimed at the entire fashion world, design students and global marketeers.

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