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If there was any doubt that some things are just better in pairs (see: peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, Cheech and Chong), eco-designer Deborah Lindquist and artist Alyce Santoro’s recent collaboration will make a believer out of you. Santoro’s Sonic Fabric, spun in part from recorded cassette tape makes an appearance in two pieces from Lindquist’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection: a corset top (Sonic Fabric, hemp silk, vintage leather) and a bustier dress (Sonic Fabric, tie-dyed denim, vintage leather).

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“It’s the coolest fabric,” Lindquist says of the musically inclined textile, which becomes audible when you run a tape head over its surface. “So high-tech-looking.” Perfect, in other words, for her post-apocalyptic Wild West-inspired collection, which she dubs “Cowgirl Meets Thunderdome.”

“It’s the coolest fabric, Lindquist says of the musically inclined textile. “So high-tech-looking.”

The Sonic Fabric dress made its public debut this month at the “Meet the Designer & the Muse” event in Los Angeles, draped on the fetching form or activist-model Stefanie LaRue.

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