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Stella McCartney announces new partnership with Bolt Threads

Stella McCartney, a brand well-known for its efforts to produce fully sustainable collections, has announced a new partnership with Bolt Threads, a San Francisco Bay Area-based biotechnology that creates smart textiles.

This new collaboration will focus on fabric innovation  creating fabrics like vegan-friendly silk made from yeast, which keeps in line with the designer’s sustainable philosophy.

The first physical product to come from this collaboration will be a one-of-a-kind, gold dress that will be featured in The Museum of Modern Art’s latest exhibition — Items: Is Fashion Modern? The dress, which was commissioned as an interpretation of the traditional shift dress, is made from Bolt Threads’ custom protein-based yard inspired by spider silk. It will be on display this October through January.

“Partnering with Bolt Threads feels like everything is finally coming together and the dots are being connected between fashion, sustainability and tech innovation.” McCartney said in a statement. “This is something that I’ve been personally on a journey to find for much of my career and I just feel like there is finally a new opportunity to bring so many industries together and for them to all work as one for a better planet.”

Bolt Threads creates performance fibers and fabrics from scratch based on proteins found in nature, the company also develops a clean, closed-loop manufacturing process using green chemistry practices.

According to WWD, neither Stella McCartney or her parent company Kering have made any kind of monetary investment in Bolt Threads at this time.

“From the day we founded Bolt Threads, we’ve dreamt of partnering with Stella McCartney,” Dan Widmaier, CEO of Bolt, said in a statement. “As our partnership develops over time, our teams are eager to collaborate on additional technologies and textiles, and explore the possibilities of innovation by working together.”

By Olivia Coles

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