Despite his passing in 2010, legendary designer Alexander McQueen has never been more present in a handbag design.
That’s because a young fashion student by the name of Tina Gorjanc is working on a line of leather accessories made from McQueen genetic material.
You heard right: Alexander McQueen’s skin will be used in a range of bags, jackets and backpacks.
“The Pure Human project 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,” Gorjanc said.
There won’t be any gravedigging involved, of course – Gorjanc was able to access McQueen’s biological material through pieces of the designer’s hair that were sewn onto his 1992 “Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims” collection.
Her line will be fittingly named Pure Human.
McQueen’s genetic material will be extracted and implemented into a cell culture, before the cells are harvested into skin tissue. And thus you have human leather.
So is the McQueen brand cool with all this? Not exactly. “Contrary to some press reports, the company wasn’t approached about this project nor have we ever endorsed it,” confirmed a representative from the fashion house in an email to us.
The good news? No animals will be harmed in the making of these bags.