Fashioning the future

04 Sept – 12 Oct 2018, Wageningen


To celebrate a 100 years of Wageningen University & Research, WUR organises an exhibition showcasing products that provide a glimpse of what a circular fashion future could look like. For this special event Iris Houthoff developed a watch band made of mylium. It was part of the sustainable outfit designed for Prof. Louise Fresco (President of the Executive Board of WUR) that she wore at the opening of the academic year 2018-2019.


Next to the circular outfit, this exhibition showcases the results of collaborations between scientists, students and fashion designers in the context of research projects with ArtEZ University of the Arts and State of Fashion. They have worked on questions such as: What new, sustainable materials can we develop for the textile industry? What is an ideal, fair, clean and sustainable fashion system? How does this relate to the behaviour of consumers and new business models? Novel products from well-known fashion brands can be viewed, both in Impulse as well as in the town hall of the city of Wageningen.

WUR Fashioning the Future

State of fashion 2018

01 June – 22 July 2018, Arnhem

The Future of Living Materials investigates and develops new ‘living’ materials (eg bio-based materials, textiles from micro-organisms, etc.) for the transition to a sustainable fashion system and a circular society. State of Fashion, Future Makers and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) connect fashion- and product designers engaged in artistic research and design research, to scientists and master students at WUR.

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In different lab projects they jointly develop new, sustainable materials – specifically in the field of fashion and design – to at the same time come to a new imagination and aesthetics  which is essential for the transition to a circular economy and society. We also develop new concepts and business models to ‘market’ these materials.

In the context of all social, environmental, economic and political problems of the current fashion industry, there is a great urgency to deal in a more ethical way with (raw) materials, and to question their value and meaning. The interaction between the creative, conceptual and aesthetic approach of designers and the fundamental scientific knowledge on sustainable materials of WUR is essential to develop innovative materials, insights and solutions.

Living Skin focuses on the ‘behavior’ of new materials such as mycelium, kombucha and algae when worn on the skin of the human body, and on the personalization of these materials. Luc Aarts (shoe designer) has used mylium to design a pair of sandals.

This project is financed by Bankgiroloterij Fonds.