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Squidcut – When Fashion Meets Science

  • ONCA Gallery 14 St George's Pl Brighton, BN1 4GB United Kingdom (map)

Lilia Yip’s collection investigates her fascination with squid and synthetic biology – a new area of science that deals with the reconstruction of nature.

We now possess the ability to alter and create new organisms that function to our design. But what if we go too far?

In response to this fear and fascination, her collection uses the lab coat as a starting point for both artwork and pattern cutting. The lab coat is abstracted into various cuts as it fuses with circular squid shapes.

Digital imagery has been created using microscopic photos provided by synthetic biologist Matthew Jones who researched the squid’s iridescent colour changing properties.

The exhibition will showcase the SQUIDCUT garments and cutting, with artwork made in collaboration with photographer Nicol Vizioli and filmmaker Jessica Kneipp.

There will be a screening for The True Cost running on the 25th July which you can find information for here:

Lilia Yip –

Nicol Vizioli –

Jessica Kneipp –