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Alexander McQueen’s skin tissue to be used for fashion line

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The line will give a whole new, literal meaning to the phrase ‘I’m wearing Alexander McQueen’. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: Late fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s skin tissue produced from his DNA will be used in creating a new fashion line.

A Central Saint Martin’s alumni, Tina Gorjac, who studied under McQueen is set to create a new fashion line called Pure Human, with the celebrated design mogul’s skin tissue.

Gorjac pulled the creative mastermind’s locks of hair from the garments containing his tresses in the pockets from his first collection in 1992 called Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims. The hair samples carrying the couturier’s DNA have been scientifically modified with cell culture to successfully grow patches of flesh, which follows the same process as animal hide, and is then tanned, cut into panels and sewn together to create the final products including leather jackets, handbags and purses.

Gorjac’s project was reportedly given the go ahead to use the body hair from McQueen’s debut capsule by the owner of the clothing range, who has donated more hair to assist with her upcoming creations. The budding designer had previously revealed her plans to make the unusual clothing range have not been prevented because there are no copyright laws inhibiting the use of human genetics.

McQueen was one of the most sought-after designers and couturiers in the world of international fashion, who established his own label in 1992. At the age of 40, in 2010, he committed suicide. Sarah Burton is currently the creative director of his brand.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2016.

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