Cow-free leather exhibited at Manhattan’s MoMA


In New York City, a T-shirt made of animal-free leather is being displayed at the Museum of Modern Art.

Biotechnology firm Modern Meadow used an engineered yeast to make the material—a collagen that looks like cow leather.

The T-shirt “will change the way you think about leather,” David Williamson, Modern Meadow CTO, tells Plant-Based News. Company CEO Suzanne Lee says the technology aims to explore materials that enable “never-seen-before functionality, aesthetics, and performance possibilities.”

The exhibit is entitled “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” and runs through January 28. A pop-up exhibit is also planned for October 12th in Manhattan’s SoHo district.