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Designer Makes Human Leather from McQueen DNA

The puzzling initiative is an unorthodox protest against the fallibility of data protection in today’s society.

Jul 14, 2016 | By Shatricia Nair

Ever fancied getting under the skin of the late great Alexander McQueen? Well you can – quite literally – because designer Tina Gorjanc has plans to make a range of leather goods using skin tissue harvested via DNA from the late designer’s hair.

This puzzling idea should raise you many questions, which we will address; how did she attain said hair, for instance. Well, the single lock of his hair came from McQueen’s first ever collection ‘Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims’, filed away in a clear plastic pocket. The skin tissue harvested will then be tanned and turned into human leather, which she plans to incorporate into a collection of jackets, bags and backpacks deceptively titled “The Pure Human”.

No need to freak out yet, though – Gorjanc’s ambitious project is only in its conceptual phase. She has, however, created prototypes with pig skin, so the human version might well become a reality. In an interview with Dezeen, she explains the collection “was designed as a critical design project that aims to address shortcomings concerning the protection of biological information and move the debate forward using current legal structures.”

According to Dazed Digital, Gorjanc isn’t the first to incorporate human matter into fashion. Previous attempts have included making pendants out of breast milk and shoes out of teeth.

What a time to be alive.

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