Designer Victoria Geaney has discovered a method that bacteria to add a bioluminescent glow to her apparel

Designers are always looking for the next big thing to make their looks stand out from the crowd. For designer Victoria Geaney, her gowns uses bacteria to give it a special biological glow that will pop on any runway.

Created in collaborated with University of Cambridge scholars Anton Kan and Bernardo Pollack, the bioluminescent material uses bacteria to create a bright, glowing pattern. In order to ensure the dress gives off an etherial light, the fabric is dipped in an agar jelly made of seawater solution with amino acids, carbohydrates and yeast extract so that the bacteria may feed off it. Afterwards, the bacterium, Photobacterium kishitanii 201212X, is added to the material. Depending on the temperature, concentration and material of the dress, the fabric can glow for up to 72 hours.

Victoria Geaney

Designers are always looking for the next big thing to make their looks stand out from the crowd. For designer Victoria Geaney, her gowns uses bacteria to give it a special biological glow that will pop on any runway.

Created in collaborated with University of Cambridge scholars Anton Kan and Bernardo Pollack, the bioluminescent material uses bacteria to create a bright, glowing pattern. In order to ensure the dress gives off an etherial light, the fabric is dipped in an agar jelly made of seawater solution with amino acids, carbohydrates and yeast extract so that the bacteria may feed off it. Afterwards, the bacterium, Photobacterium kishitanii 201212X, is added to the material. Depending on the temperature, concentration and material of the dress, the fabric can glow for up to 72 hours.