“Grow your own” takes on a new meaning with scientific artist Erin Smith’s home-grown wedding gown. Made from tree mulch and white fungus mycelium, Smith decided to make a wearable dress that could be grown and composted for her own wedding. Her growable dress has revolutionized the concept of the wedding dress, transforming it into a sustainable event, rather than a costly garment that is worn just once.

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Aside from having the satisfaction of making her own wedding dress, Smith was inspired to create something memorable that would not create costly waste. “The average cost of a wedding dress in the US is roughly $1200, and can contain nearly 12 yards of fabric, all for a garment that is meant to be worn once, and then hang in your closet for 60 years. In this way the wedding dress is a perfect example of a one-time-use, energy intensive, and non-sustainable model that is representative of many of the choices that we make daily.”

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Like a tailored traditional dress, the mycelium dress can be grown to fit specific sizes and specifications. Through experimentation, the artist was able to grow sheets of mycelium that were then treated like sheets of fabric. She cut pattern pieces, molded them to a dress form, then allowed the sections to grow back together, fusing themselves into a continuous gown. With a corset- like bodice, the piece was able to fit snugly to her body. The skirt flows from the bodice, made from mycelium sheets with cut lace that were grown from Kombucha cultures.

Although wearing fungus for your special day may seem gross, the resulting piece is gorgeous, unique, and can be composted after the big day! Smith is currently working on a second version of her growable wedding dress.

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[Via the Guardian]