Designer Alexander McQueen was famously known for shocking the establishment while he was alive, so chances are that the story below won’t quite shock you either. Still, it’s pretty damn weird.
A fashion design student named Tina Gorjanc from Central Saint Martins (McQueen’s alma mater) has plans to grow human skin using McQueen’s DNA in order to make leather jackets and bags, according to an article posted on Quartz,. “The skin will even bear tattoos based on the exact ‘locations, size, and design,’ of McQueen’s,” she told the website.
As we all know about McQueen’s personality, his dark sense of humor and fascination with the macabre, this could very well be right up his aesthetic alley. McQueen launched his career with a show titled “Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims.” And though “Buffalo Bill Wears His Victims,” seems like a tailor-made title for Gorjanc’s show, she’s going with “Pure Human.”
According to the article this is to show how the matters like protection of a person’s DNA should not be ignored, and to raise questions about how genetic information might one day be exploited by the luxury industry.
So far she has filed two patents for her work. The first is for, as she says, “bioengineered genetic material that is grown in the lab using tissue-engineering technology and the process of de-extinction.” However the former patent is for the basic process itself. She got McQueen’s DNA, from his hair, which was previously sewn into his ’92 “Jack the Ripper” collection.
A Book from Dana Thomas Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, hair-sewing was in fact a normal stunt for McQueen, going all the way back to his days as a Savile Row apprentice. So it isn’t so hard to get his DNA Gorjanc also talked about is she rather wants to sale this jacket, she explained that her finished products will most likely be displayed in a gallery rather than produced for sale; however she is also open to sell them to a collector. It’s hard to say what the market is for human-skin clothing these days, but bearing in mind all of the hullabaloo over Hermès’ crocodile Birkin bags, this might be a seller’s market.