Sanjana has designed a ‘one off couture concept dress’ inspired by recent scientific research on the PTE enzyme, an enzyme which could play a key role in the break down and purification of toxic chemicals.
Sanjana told us: ” …I manipulated techniques such as beading, embroidery, dyeing and pattern-making to represent each stage of finding the PTE protein’s structure. It begins at the very bottom of the skirt, where the DNA of phosphotriesterase is replicated in small DNA called plasmids, in E. coli. It is then purified and incubated by swirling. This stage is signified by the gradient of colour at the bottom of the skirt, to the pure (white) crystal fabric at the top. After the DNA has crystallised the structure of phosphotriesterase, using X-ray crystallography was discovered, which is represented in the torso of the dress. A very small portion of the enzyme, is called ‘Loop 7’. The thigh high boot represents the molecular structure of ‘Loop 7’ and just one of many conformations it could have.”
We will be talking more with Sanjana about her scientific work and design process soon.