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Victoria Geaney

PhD Work

Growing Wearable Biotechnology and Biomaterials: How Can Collaborative Fashion, Art, Science and Technology (FAST) Practice be Read and Understood as Biodesign under Metamodernism?

My research explores my work as an interdisciplinary and conceptual fashion designer, examining the intersections between the worlds of fashion, art, science and technology. Informed by the emerging biodesign and metamodern movements, my practice-led research theorises the production of multidisciplinary work merging synthetic biology and fashion.


  • PhD


    School of Design


    Fashion Womenswear, 2015–2018

  • Victoria Geaney is an interdisciplinary and conceptual fashion designer and artist whose work explores the intersections and collisions between the microbial, biological and material worlds. Informed by the emerging material turn and a shift towards a biologically designed future, Victoria is a final year PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art, London. Her practice-led research theorises her production of multidisciplinary work merging biology and synthetic biology with fashion, working with living and vital materials. 

    Victoria has collaborated with Cambridge University, Surrey University and Imperial College, including both the iGEM teams for 2014 and 2016 and has consulted with start-up company CustoMEM. She explores biomaterials, bacteria and synthetic biology to try to further our understanding of an embodied human relationship towards microorganisms, within the context of living materials and fashion.  She has previously sold her designs on, shown at Milan Fashion Week, the Victoria and Albert Museum and London’s O2, and her work has featured in Wired, Nylon, U+Mag and Design Exchange.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fashion: Innovation, University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • S:FUTURE Exhibition, RCA Dyson Gallery, London, October 2016; Vienna Design Week: Biofaction, Vienna, October 2016; Imperial Fringe Festival, Imperial College, London, September 2016; Supernature Exhibition, RCA Courtyard Gallery, London, June 2016; Cacophonia Exhibition, Peckham, London, March 2016; E-Luminate Festival, Cambridge, February 2016