FIT Group Defeats Major Schools in Biodesign Contest

The Fashion Institute of Technology landed a victory in the first annual Biodesign Challenge (BDC).

The competition brought nine universities to create future uses for biotechnology. FIT’s competitors included University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Southern California Institute of Architecture.

FIT’s winning project was fabric composed out of algae and fungi. Although the fabric is not ready for production, it “represents a step toward a closed-loop life-cycle system for fashion, as the fabric is not only biodegradable but could be used as a nutrient for growing more materials” according to a recent FIT press release.

Check out the full release here