Central Saint Martins MA student Tina Gorjanc has stirred up controversy with her 'My Pure Human Project'. Studying Material Futures at the famous fashion university, Gorjanc used the late designer Alexander McQueen's DNA to grow skin as part of a lab project, then turned it into a collection which includes jackets and bags.
When asked what her objective was, she commented: “The primary goal of ‘Pure Human’ is to address shortcomings concerning the protection of biological information, and move the debate forward using current legal structures.” Gorjanc was able to access McQueen's DNA as the late designer once sew his own hair into his 1992 collection ‘Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims’.
She added that many who were close to McQueen think he would approve of the idea: “People that were really close to him or that worked for his institution said that he might actually like the idea. He was always pushing the boundaries and always trying to break laws in fashion.”