Stella McCartney Partners with Biotechnology Company Creating Vegan Silk
A new partnership has been announced between fashion designer Stella McCartney and San Francisco-based Bolt Threads, a biotechnology company known for creating sustainable materials, including a yeast-based vegan spider silk.
According to The Trend Spotter, in this pursuit of a “new field of luxury fabrication,” McCartney plans to use Bolt Threads’ signature spider silk, or Microsilk, “in her mission to reduce the fashion industry’s detrimental impact on the environment.” She stated:
“Now is the time to search for answers, for alternatives. For me, I’ve always struggled with the use of silk and finding Bolt has been a life-changing and career-changing moment for me.”
Forbes notes that the feeling is mutual as Dan Widmaier, CEO of Bolt Threads, states that ever since the company was founded, they have “dreamt of partnering with Stella McCartney” due to her “unparalleled aesthetic,” coupled with a shared “vision for the future of fashion.”
According to Bolt Threads, the first piece from this promising partnership will be a custom knitted one-of-a-kind, gold dress, made entirely from the below golden Bolt yarn. It is set to be featured at an upcoming exhibition taking place at the New York Museum of Modern Art on October 1, titled ‘Items: Is Fashion Modern?’
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