a wedding dress grown from mycelium
Weddings have a big environmental impact on our natural environment. From the many guests, who travel to the location, to the masses of food, loud music, the rings, and the wedding dress. Considering the fact that often the dress is used for just one day and then spends a life time in the closet, I propose a concept for a disposable wedding dress. The dress is made out of mycelium – the ‘roots’ of fungi – a highly sustainable, fast-growing material. It does not require many resources and can be harvested almost everywhere, without infringing on the space we need for growing food. Aside from the obvious economical benefits, the dress is perfect for the latest trend, the post-wedding photoshoot, at which you are likely going to destroy the dress, but have great wedding pictures in return. The mycelium dress comes with special effects: For example, it could glow in the dark, it can lose some patches when in water, creating a new pattern, or include the bloom of flowers as the dress comes in to contact with water. After a shoot in a lake or in the sea the dress can’t be used again, but that’s alright, the wedding is over and there are breathtaking pictures as a memory. With the added extras in combination with the fact that the dress is grown only for oneself give the garment a tremendous personal attachment.