Creative design student grows lingerie at home

A final-year Contour Fashion student at De Montfort University has developed a novel approach to lingerie design – she grows her own materials.

Posie Upshall, 22, from Somerset, has created a futuristic lingerie collection using a biodegrable fabric she grew at home.

The recipe for the material included green tea, sugar, vinegar and kombucha, a kind of fermented tea. The resulting fabric has a leathery feel and lasts for about 10 years.

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Upshall laser cut the fabric into lace and added it to her ‘Six Shades of Nude’ collection to create innovative, decorative details.

The designer was inspired by Suzanne Lee, who grows her own fabric to make clothes.

“Biodegradable material is the future for fashion. We have to be sustainable,” said Upshall.

“Fashion is one of the largest polluting industries in the world so we have to think about materials to replace what we already have.”

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