by Rosie Broadhead

The skin is the largest organ of the human body, serving as a primary defence, a sensory and an excretory medium. Its semi-permeable nature plays an important role which coordinates the function of our whole body. Therefore, what we put on and next to our skin can have a direct impact, as such, our health is shaped by our environment.

SKIN SERIES™ explores the interaction between our clothing and the skin looking towards a future where the body and materials are considered simultaneously. SKIN SERIES™ textiles are embedded with bioactive ingredients with known therapeutic benefits to the skin and body. The new collection utilises the properties of seaweed, which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Such properties can improve the immune system of your skin, encourage cell renewal, and hold antioxidant capacity. 

Inspired by the ergonomics of the body, feminist theory, and the science fiction depiction of the future human. This collection is designed to be close fitting to the body, so as to have the largest benefit of the active materials within the textiles. The designs range from bodysuits, underwear, and base layers, in pastel, earth tones and light blues designed to evoke the feeling of trust, technology and security. The collection's focus is on looking at what is natural on our bodies to explore how we can create responsible yet functional clothing. Highlighting the bodies intimate relationship with the skin as this permeable membrane between the self and the world.

Rosie Broadhead is a textile designer and researcher specialising in biomaterials for fashion industry applications. Founder of material innovation platform SKIN SERIES, and Textile Scientist at Ghent University. Her research focuses on the intersection between skin and clothing, the textile microbiome and how we can influence the body through functional materials. Rosie is a graduate of Central Saint Martins' MA Material Futures course in 2019 and has a background as a designer and Head of Sustainability at sportswear brand Perfect Moment, Research & Development at Rapha and design at Thom Browne & Aitor Throup. This research into the future of fashion has resulted in peer reviews papers and exhibitions during Salone del Mobile Milano, Dutch Design Week, London Design Festival and publications in Forbes, British Vogue, i-D and The New York Times.

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