Dressed to swill

A dress made out of wine? Wow, I thought ethanol was a bad fate for the wine glut. But this might be even more, um, creative.

Gary Cass who works at the MicroBe project at the University of Western Australia “noticed that when oxygen got into the vats and turned the wine into vinegar, a slimy, rubbery layer grew on top.” Apparently, Cass saw that and thought “dress!”

The picture to the right shows the “cavewoman” cut of the dress (no word on whether the Goth face paint and wig are also obligatory). “It’s the bacteria that are weaving all these fibers together,” says Cass. “We’re not using any machines, sewing machines and so forth.”

One catch is that it has to be kept wet–wow, wet wine waste dress contests! Just in time for spring break…

“News in Science: Bugs make dress smell like old wine” [abc.net.au]

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4 Responses to “Dressed to swill”

  1. A dress made from an acetobacter “mother.” Now that is original…

    Just when you thought fashion couldn’t take a stranger turn.


  2. Didn’t they learn anything from “Project Runway: Season 1” when Austin made a dress out of corn husks and by the morning of the judging competition, it was shriveled and nasty looking. What’s next, using the slime from the top of a latte?

  3. If the girl is cute I’ll drink off her dress…gladly 🙂

  4. Great headline even if the story itself is idiotic.


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