London – The Decomposition of Materiality is a project from Central Saint Martins graduate Scarlett Yang that explores biodegradable materials.
The LVMH-awarded project uses silk cocoon protein and algae extracts to create 100% biodegradable, glass-like garments that organically evolve as they're worn, eventually decomposing. Through her exploration, Yang found the garments would gradually biodegrade in rain, river and sea water, while soaking them in water at 60°C can speed up the decomposition process to as little as 24 hours.
According to Yang, the aim of her project was to challenge audiences with the concept of material lifecycles. The resulting texture and lifespan of each piece is subject to temperature and humidity levels; seasonable changes from hot and humid to dry and cold can make the garments appear more sculptural.
As we explore in Material Far Futures, the materials of tomorrow will be smarter, stronger, more dynamic and less ecologically damaging.